Nova Scotia

N.S. seniors likely to vote Tory: CARP

Most senior citizens in Nova Scotia will likely vote Conservative on Monday, says Bill VanGorder, head of the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP).

Most senior citizens in Nova Scotia will likely vote Conservative on Monday, says Bill VanGorder, head of the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP).

All the political parties have tried to capture the seniors' vote with policies aimed at boosting incomes and improving health care.

But, VanGorder said, his organization's last survey shows the Conservatives remain the first choice of its members.

At the same time, the Liberals are No. 1 when it comes to pension reform, he said, and the NDP gets the highest mark for its health-care policy.

"We have noticed in our own polls the Liberals and the Conservative are very close, and the NDP still trails," VanGorder said.

"It's going to be very interesting to see if seniors vote in the more traditional ways they always have, or whether there's some kind of major shift this year."

Seniors make up about 45 per cent of all eligible voters in the province, he said.

VanGorder said their information suggests seniors don't want to wait until 2015 for improvements to the guaranteed income supplement.

"The whole business of honesty and transparency in the present Conservative government and the former Liberal government, and that seems to be a real concern to seniors. That's an issue that they want dealt with," VanGorder said.

Although many seniors didn't want another election, he said, they are now fully engaged and will make their presence felt at the polls on election day.

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