Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia New Democratic Party holds annual convention

The Nova Scotia New Democratic Party met this weekend for its annual convention to set a course for the next year and start thinking about a possible fall election.

The convention was the first since Gary Burrill was elected party leader in February

Nova Scotia NDP elected Gary Burrill as the new party leader in February. (James Hutt)

The Nova Scotia New Democratic Party met this weekend for its annual convention to set a course for the next year and start thinking about a possible fall election.

Caucus chair Lenore Zann said about 200 delegates attended convention at the Nova Scotia Community College campus in Truro.

She called it an exciting weekend with a lot of new, young energy, compliments of a busload of university students from Halifax who attended.

"So very nice to be able to welcome them and see the level of commitment and positivity in the room," she said.

"It made me feel like we're really on our road back to building up our party again in Nova Scotia, which is very exciting."

The convention was the first since Gary Burrill was elected party leader in February.

Passed resolutions

On Saturday, the party passed resolutions promising to reinstate the Nova Scotia Film Tax Credit, provide free tuition for community college students and implement a guaranteed basic income for all Nova Scotians.

Zann said the idea of a basic minimum income is one she saw first hand while living in Sweden.

"This kind of idea, some people may still be in the old ages and think something like this is a radical, left-wing idea, but in fact, I would say they're behind the times," she said.

Workshops offered during the convention showed the party is taking rumours of a fall election seriously.

Delegates could learn about election communications, social media, campaign budgets and financing.

Zann said they don't have all their candidates in place yet, but are aiming for a September 1 deadline.

With files from Blair Sanderson

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