During elections, it's the chance encounters the unscripted moments that tell you most about how a campaign is going or what voters really have on their minds.

Thursday in Darrell Dexter's riding, he had one of those encounters with a continuing care assistant.

The NDP leader had just promised to replace hundreds of long term care beds at nine facilities across Nova Scotia. The NDP said the first of those homes would open in about three years.

Grace Cummings, a continuing care assistant who works at the Shannex-run home, has more immediate concerns - and she put them to Dexter in this brief conversation.