N.S. Tory leader touts lower taxes, frozen power rates as alternatives to NDP

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's Tory leader is laying down the political battlelines ahead of a provincial election.

Jamie Baillie is pushing lower taxes and frozen power rates as key alternatives to the NDP government.

Speaking at the party's general meeting in Halifax today, Baillie says lowering taxes and cutting "wasteful" spending will lead to more jobs in the province under a Tory government.

Baillie took a different view of the province's portion of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

He says the NDP is rushing through the process of approving the proposed $1.5 billion Maritime Link.

He also promised to freeze power rates and buy renewable energy at the current rate.

Baillie was elected leader of the third place party in 2010.

The NDP government will mark four years in office this summer and Premier Darrell Dexter has not indicated when he will call an election.

Organizations: NDP

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Muskrat Falls

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