P.E.I. New Democrats give N.S. election campaign a hand
Mike Redmond says workers supporting Darrell Dexter's re-election campaign
The leader of the New Democratic Party of P.E.I. says about a dozen party workers and potential candidates from the Island have been helping out with the campaign in Nova Scotia ahead of their provincial election on Oct. 8.
Mike Redmond said it's not only a chance to work with Nova Scotia's New Democrat candidates, but also a way to gain valuable election experience for the next P.E.I. election, set for Oct. 5, 2015.
"The ability to go door to door and to work with candidates on the ground, I think that's significantly important," he told CBC News.
"Election readiness allows us to be able to access some of the software that they're using in Nova Scotia, so being able to apply those tactics or specific ground game opportunities are excellent for the party."
Redmond said some of the workers from P.E.I. have been travelling to Nova Scotia for a day or two, while others help out for a weekend or even a week. He said he hopes to get to Nova Scotia himself to lend some support to Darrell Dexter and his team.
Darrell Dexter led his party to victory in 2009 and Nova Scotia became the first province east of Ontario to elect an NDP government. He's seeking re-election against his rivals, Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil and Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie.
"There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained by being in Nova Scotia and we hope to bring as much of that back to P.E.I. as we possibly can," Redmond said.
Prince Edward Island has only ever elected one NDP member to the provincial legislature.
Meanwhile, several members of the Young Liberals of Prince Edward Island and the P.E.I. Progressive Conservative Youth Association have also been helping their respective parties in Nova Scotia.