Frequently Asked Questions

What is the “Weighted One Member One Vote” system?

A Provincial election isn’t one election, it’s 55 separate elections. The results of those elections decides the makeup of the legislature; which Party is in power; and who becomes premier. Weighted One Member One Vote ensures that we elect a leader in a way that parallels our parliamentary system, ensuring that we elect a leader that has a significant amount of support from across the province. It incentivizes candidates to engage and recruit members all across Nova Scotia, in each EDA.

How does it work?

Each EDA is allotted 100 points. The points are allocated to each candidate according to the percentage of the votes received.

For example: There are 200 delegates in a riding. Candidate A receives 100 votes (50%), Candidate B receives 80 votes (40%), candidate C receives 20 votes (10%). Candidate A will receive 50 points, Candidate B will receive 40 points, and Candidate C will receive 10 points.

There are 5500 points for the entire province. To become elected as Leader, you must get a majority of the vote (over 50%), which is a minimum of 2751 points.

What are preferential ballots?

Preferential (or ranked) ballots allow voters to rank the candidates. If no candidate earns a majority of first-choice electoral votes, the last place candidate is eliminated. The eliminated candidates’ votes are then redistributed according to who was ranked next on their supporters’ ballots. This process continues until one candidate receives a majority of electoral votes.

What is a delegate?

To participate in the selection of the Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party, you must become a delegate. Traditionally, a limited number of delegates were elected by members of the local Liberal association to attend the Leadership Convention and select the leader on their behalf.

The Party has chosen to open up this process so that every member can become a delegate and cast a vote to select the next Liberal Leader. As long as you’re a member before the cut-off on January 7th, you can register as a delegate before January 12th. There is a $20 tax receiptable fee – meaning you get $15 back as a tax credit, making it only cost you $5.

How do I vote?

Once you become a delegate, you will be able to vote remotely – electronically or by telephone. A unique PIN will be emailed or mailed to you along with detailed instructions before the voting period. Once the voting period begins on February 1st, you will be able to cast your ballot at the link provided to you, or by telephone. The voting period ends on February 6th and the results will be announced shortly after the voting ends.

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Nova Scotia Tax Credits

Nova Scotia residents can donate up to $5,000 per year to each political party. Your first $1,000 is eligible for a generous 75% tax credit (That means the first $1,000 donated only costs you $250.)

For information on provincial political contributions visit Elections Nova Scotia.
For information on claiming provincial tax credits visit Canada Revenue Agency.
Become a Member

In Nova Scotia, we have a dual membership program that grants membership status in the Nova Scotia Liberal Party as well as the Liberal Party of Canada. Registering as a Liberal member only takes a few minutes. After completing the process, you will automatically become a member of both the provincial and federal Liberal Party.
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