OTTAWA (Reuters) - The New Democratic Party swept the ruling Progressive Conservatives from office in Nova Scotia in a provincial election on Tuesday, giving the left-wing party its first opportunity to form a government in Atlantic Canada.
The party, led by lawyer Darrell Dexter, won 31 of the 52 seats in the legislature. It offered more social spending and an elimination of the sales tax on home heating, while promising more vaguely to live within the province's means.
The Progressive Conservatives, which had been in power for a decade, were reduced to third-party status, behind the opposition Liberals.
Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Frank McGurty