News from Atlantica https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News News, articles, and policy from the Atlantica Party An Open Letter to the Undecided and Nonvoters of Nova Scotia: How to Vote “None of the Above” https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/an-open-letter-to-the-undecided-and-nonvoters-of-nova-scotia-how-to-vote-none-of-the-above

Today Nova Scotians vote in a rare summer election. 

“That we have the vote means nothing. That we use it in the right way means everything.” - Lou Henry Hoover

Unfortunately, Nova Scotia elections are the one and ONLY time that your political opinion counts so make it count! It could be years before you have this chance again. Don’t waste it!

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The Atlantica Party Will Make Deficit Spending Illegal https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/the-atlantica-party-will-make-deficit-spending-illegal

The Atlantica Party will introduce a balanced budget law in Nova Scotia. This will ensure all budgets are balanced or surplus budgets. The new law will also ban any borrowing by the provincial government unless it is to service the existing debt load. 

“Government has no business borrowing money”, said Jonathan Dean, Leader of the Atlantica Party. "Unlike most entities the government with assent of the Legislature has the power to increase revenue by raising taxes. If government wants to overspend then it must raise the funds through new direct taxation of Nova Scotians.”

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Citizen Inspired Binding Referenda https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/citizen-inspired-binding-referenda

The Atlantica Party is the only Nova Scotia political party that supports citizen led binding referenda. 

“The Atlantica Party believes citizens have the right bring forward issues for a binding vote,” said Jonathan Dean, Leader of the Atlantica Party. “This will allow the citizenry to push issues forward despite political game playing by the old-fashioned parties.”

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The Atlantica Party Will Reform MLA Compensation https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/the-atlantica-party-will-reform-mla-compensation

The Atlantica Party will reform Nova Scotia MLA salaries and benefits. 

The public needs to be involved in reviewing the salary and expense regime of their representatives. When one becomes a public servant paid from the public purse, one must accept a fair and public element to remuneration and benefits. The Atlantica Party's mission of a smaller, transparent, and accountable government means our representatives need to set an example of lower costs and less waste.

1d3f2a1e-5720-495d-a369-90e4a1053834 Thu, 12 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT
Liberal COVID Passports? Atlantica Party Response https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/liberal-covid-passports-atlantica-party-response

Yesterday Liberal Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin proposed a “ScotiaPass” provincial vaccine passport for Nova Scotians.

The Atlantica Party opposes this invasive proposal for numerous common sense reasons:

bc9669ef-34f4-4f88-993e-c38ff577dacc Tue, 10 Aug 2021 08:00:00 GMT
Privatize the Nova Scotia Liquor Industry https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/privatize-the-nova-scotia-liquor-industry

The Atlantica Party will bring the Nova Scotia liquor industry into the 21st Century by having government vacate both the retail and wholesale liquor business and turn them over to the private market. 

This means any individual, family, entrepreneur, startup, company can sell and/or import and/or make liquor provided appropriate standards are maintained. An Atlantica Party government will sell off the assets of the NSLC to the highest bidder. As a result, many benefits will accrue to Nova Scotians: 

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End Secret Voting in the Nova Scotia Legislature https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/end-secret-voting-in-the-nova-scotia-legislature

The Atlantica Party will end the routine secret voting in the Nova Scotia Legislature. 

Secret voting in the Legislature is not the exception but the overwhelming rule. Over a six-year period, out of 853 votes, only 12 were recorded, while the other 841 were kept secret and not disclosed. Nova Scotia taxpayers have a right to know how their representatives vote.

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Fix the Date of Elections in Nova Scotia https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/fix-the-date-of-elections-in-nova-scotia

The Atlantica Party (AP) supports making the election cycle predictable by legislating fixed elections dates in Nova Scotia. AP also supports calling the election day Joseph Howe Day.

Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada without some form of fixed election dates. However, there are many benefits to a standardized election cycle:

287d1999-fad4-4326-ae55-96324f8d4060 Sun, 08 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT
Eliminate Corporate Taxation in Nova Scotia https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/eliminate-corporate-taxation-in-nova-scotia

The Atlantica Party (AP) supports eliminating business taxes in Nova Scotia. "Let's put money back into the pockets of the people who create opportunity and wealth," said Jonathan Dean, Leader of the Atlantica Party. "This will also encourage businesses to move here and grow the economy."

Currently, Corporate Income Tax in Nova Scotia represents only 3.6% of government revenues. 

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Freedom of Information https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/freedom-of-information

The Atlantica Party supports making Nova Scotia a leader in fulfilling Freedom of Information requests. 

Once again, Nova Scotia lags behind the rest of the country by not having its Information and Privacy Commissioner independent. "Government information is funded by taxpayers and therefore the property of Nova Scotians," said Jonathan Dean, Leader of the Atlantica Party. "If someone requests a copy, the government has no right to withhold it."

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The Atlantica Party will Reform Nova Scotia's Electoral System https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/the-atlantica-party-will-reform-nova-scotias-electoral-system

The Atlantica Party will reform Nova Scotia's electoral system and make elections fairer. 

With more than two parties competing in elections, the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) system has broken down and no longer accurately reflects the wishes of Nova Scotians. 

ae1ebb18-c47a-4685-a88d-e92870d939cd Thu, 05 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT
Privatize the Nova Scotia Cannabis Industry! https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/privatize-the-nova-scotia-cannabis-industry

The Atlantica Party recommends that the government and NSLC vacate the cannabis business and turn it over entirely to Nova Scotian entrepreneurs. 

This means any private Nova Scotia individual or group could start an entity to grow, manufacture and sell cannabis products. The government's role should be relegated to helping build the industry through licensing, providing standards and law enforcement.

bd64349b-97e3-475c-8d27-6110267f51f4 Wed, 04 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT
The Atlantica Party Calls for a Referendum on Clearcutting https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/the-atlantica-party-calls-for-a-referendum-on-clearcutting

The Atlantica Party supports a binding referendum on whether clearcutting should be allowed on Crown Land.

Clearcutting on crown land has been a contentious issue for years in Nova Scotia. Advocates point to the economic benefits of clearing tracts of the forest while opponents decry the damage done to forests and the resulting eyesore of large patches of wasteland. 

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The Atlantica Party will Slash MLA Pensions https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/the-atlantica-party-will-slash-mla-pensions

The Atlantica Party will reform Nova Scotia MLA pensions.

The Atlantica Party's mission of a smaller, more transparent and accountable government means our representatives need to set an example of lower costs and less waste. Therefore, an Atlantica Party government will replace the current 22 to 1 (that is, taxpayers contribute directly and indirectly 22 times more than the MLA) pension scheme with dollar for dollar personally directed RRSPs where MLAs and taxpayers contribute equally. 

242f4a06-2dff-40c7-b61c-ad3656cba425 Mon, 02 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT
The Atlantica Party Commits to Free Votes https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/the-atlantica-party-commits-to-free-votes

The Atlantica Party calls for all votes in the Nova Scotia Legislature to be free votes. 

Like free speech, voting in the Legislature should be completely free. Without free voting, our democracy is a sham since party interests come before the people's interests. Currently, MLAs have their vote dictated by party functionaries, or they face discipline, including denial of caucus posts, committee positions, travel and all kinds of legislative, budgetary and constituency favours. There is also the risk of not having nomination papers signed, a premature end to a political career and expulsion from the party. 

c8054fd0-1240-432c-a123-476cf4d942b1 Sun, 01 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT
The Atlantica Party Will Introduce Flat Tax in Nova Scotia https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/the-atlantica-party-will-introduce-flat-tax-in-nova-scotia

The Atlantica Party will make Nova Scotia the first province in Canada to adopt a flat tax as part of its program to make Nova Scotia a "have" province. 

"If Nova Scotia is to survive, it must become a province that more people want to come to than leave," said Jonathan Dean, Leader of the Atlantica Party. "The Atlantica Party is focused on policies to achieve this goal, and a flat income tax would be a great benefit."

c5fa88ce-6fdd-47c2-a83a-c4a9d09232e2 Sat, 31 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT
The Atlantica Party will make Nova Scotia MLAs Recallable https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/the-atlantica-party-will-make-nova-scotia-mlas-recallable

The Atlantica Party will make Nova Scotia MLAs recallable as part of its Political Revolution. 

The news abounds with recalls of defective consumer items, vehicles, food and health products. But there is very little about recalling a politician. We can recall bad turkeys overnight, but we cannot recall a bad MLA! 

82115d82-4874-4843-83cf-ebd6d0740edf Fri, 30 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT
Atlantica Party Kicks Off Election Campaign https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/atlantica-party-kicks-off-election-campaign-41

Today, the Atlantica Party starts its campaign for the Nova Scotia Election.

“We are very excited to announce our candidates and our Election Platform,” said Jonathan Dean, Leader of the Atlantica Party. “We have the most exciting set of policies when compared to the other parties, no-nonsense policies designed to make Nova Scotia a ‘have’ province and fix our broken political system.”

f0a9b759-7e93-482a-aa42-8ff6aa7640ff Thu, 29 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT
Media Bias in NS Election to be forwarded to CRTC https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/media-bias-in-ns-election-to-be-forwarded-to-crtc

Today, a provincial party in the ongoing provincial election Nova Scotian election, the Atlantica Party (AP), have resolved to formally approach the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, or CRTC,  concerning a media campaign to silence the two parties in their election work and manipulate the voting results in the election.

The CRTC is an independent public authority in charge of regulating and supervising Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications in the interest of the public interest.

e9b30c71-e155-4668-b951-726324bb9cf1 Thu, 29 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT
Atlantica Letter to Lieutenant Governor regarding 2021 Nova Scotia Election Concerns https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/atlantica-letter-to-lieutenant-governor-regarding-2021-nova-scotia-election-concerns

Atlantica Party Leader, Jonathan Dean, recently sent a letter to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, regarding concerns over the 41st provincial election in Nova Scotia. 

The following is the content of that letter.

a2319fb6-bdb8-416d-b67e-461419358ec3 Thu, 29 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT
Open Letter to CBC's Ombudsman regarding CBC's Systematic Reporting Bias in the Nova Scotia Election https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/open-letter-to-cbcs-ombudsman-regarding-cbc-s-systematic-reporting-bias-in-the-nova-scotia-election

The following is an open letter from Atlantica Party Leader Jonathan Dean to the CBC Onbudsman regarding the CBC's systematic reporting bias. 

You can download the PDF here.

e91cd1e6-c169-449f-b43c-7eb2fd460c9b Thu, 29 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT
The Atlantica Party’s Position on Identity Politics https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/the-atlantica-party-s-position-on-identity-politics

In order to have a functional democracy in which every person has a voice and in which the ideas that are generated by citizens are given serious consideration by political leaders, it is important that conversations take place in a context in which only the merit of the ideas that people raise are discussed, as opposed to the worth of the ideas being prejudged based on the characteristics of the person who is voicing their views. For example, a core principle in Canada – and one to which the Atlantica Party adheres – is that the worth of an idea is dependent only on the value of the idea itself as opposed to that same idea being better if a man voices it than if a woman voices it or the other way around. In other words, the Atlantica Party is opposed to prejudice and instead believes in common humanity politics instead of identity politics – a topic that has worked its way from the fringes of academia into all parts of our society and is now covered as fact in the public education system, often without parents’ knowledge or consent.

fd4f21b8-0418-4225-9630-fbd0f0fbbc6d Wed, 16 Jun 2021 04:00:00 GMT
Bill 4 Strips People of Their Property Rights Part 2 https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/bill-4-strips-people-of-their-property-rights-part-2

On March 11, 2021, the Nova Scotia government introduced Bill 4 to remove most of the rights and freedoms of Nova Scotia landowners. 

Nova Scotia landowners take pride in their properties and, in as much as reasonably possible, do what is necessary to keep their woodlands and grasslands healthy, along with suitable water (lakes, brooks, streams, etc.) for both the health of the land itself and the occupying wildlife. As owners, they have a vested interest in taking care to be good stewards of the land; nobody else, including the government, cares as much about the land as owners. 

174e33cf-6537-4424-be81-8ec405d27eb7 Wed, 16 Jun 2021 02:00:00 GMT
Bill 4 Strips People of Their Property Rights Part 1 https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/bill-4-strips-people-of-their-property-rights-part-1

If you are a private landowner in Nova Scotia, you need to know about this Bill, as it affects you!

March 11, 2021, the Nova Scotia government introduced Bill 4 to remove most of the rights and freedoms of Nova Scotia landowners. Using carefully crafted words not to cause alarm (or even notice), it has been proposed that if passed, Nova Scotians would be significantly restricted as to what they could do with and on their land. 

170840fb-90d0-4b73-928a-cbb5b47a4589 Wed, 16 Jun 2021 01:00:00 GMT
The Atlantica Party Calls for a Referendum on Clear Cutting https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/the-atlantica-party-calls-for-a-referendum-on-clear-cutting

Clear Cutting on crown land has been a contentious issue for years in Nova Scotia. Advocates point to the economic benefits of clearing tracts of the forest while opponents decry the damage done to forests and the resulting eyesore of large patches of wasteland. 

4a64c075-7a52-4658-8641-4e37052bb43a Wed, 14 Apr 2021 01:00:00 GMT
The End of Nova Scotia's Legislature? Part 2 https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/the-end-of-nova-scotias-legislature-part-2

The great malaise of our political system is the regular citizen's apathy. I’ve seen this for years. The reason, of course, is because citizens are not involved in any meaningful way in the political discourse of our time; they have no "skin in the game", so why bother? This is a perfectly normal reaction. If your input is not wanted, why offer it?


But is our political system supposed to be so insular, running on its own in a corner with no oversight?

950c7c9b-1ad0-40f6-afa0-59780537ef24 Sat, 27 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT
In Praise of William Lenthall and The End of Nova Scotia’s Legislature Part 1 https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/in-praise-of-william-lenthall-and-the-end-of-nova-scotia-s-legislature-part-1

Who was William Lenthall? He was an English politician active in the mid-1600s. This was a time of rising tension between the King, Charles I, and England’s legislature, Parliament. The King wanted money to pursue foreign wars, but taxes could only be raised with the agreement of the legislature. In the past, the monarchy was able to overcome resistance from the legislature through threats, diplomacy, or political machinations.

2ef0e121-3ab0-4fe9-9620-185e9ec50590 Thu, 04 Mar 2021 00:00:00 GMT
A Common Sense Approach to Affordable Housing https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/a-common-sense-approach-to-affordable-housing

Everyone wants affordable housing, especially for the poor. The real question is how to get there. An even more basic question is whether that should be the ultimate goal. Maybe it would be better for everyone to have a truly free market where the poor had better paying jobs, weren’t poor anymore, and the government didn’t have to worry about housing at all. A truly free market would find creative solutions for the poor as well.

eb336599-3cc7-44b4-aef0-a558859bac4f Tue, 09 Feb 2021 00:00:00 GMT
In Support of Presumed Consent for Organ Harvesting https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/in-support-of-presumed-consent-for-organ-harvesting

The new Nova Scotia law titled “Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act” is a great step forward for healthcare and will certainly save many lives that otherwise would have been lost. 

The new law now legislates that unless you have formally registered to decline to have your organs harvested, your consent is given. 

This is a shining beacon of Canadian values. 

78c7413f-dfb6-4fa9-bace-5fb0954de434 Tue, 02 Feb 2021 00:00:00 GMT
Banned by Lenore Zann and the Chinese Communist Party https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/banned-by-lenore-zann-and-the-chinese-communist-party

I received a complimentary print copy of the Epoch Times, dated January 1-7, 2021, in my postal box the other day. Soon after that, a local Facebook discussion exploded since the Epoch Times has been labelled by some as 'right-wing' or 'far-right wing'.

ec013644-0f97-4551-a265-e7e63ad76a65 Thu, 21 Jan 2021 20:00:00 GMT
Covid: Some Questions https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/covid-some-questions

The impact of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been devastating from many different perspectives. For those that died of Covid-19, the price was infinite. But the destruction wrought goes far beyond that. Millions of people have lost their jobs, businesses, livelihoods, and more. 


Governments around the world have had various reactions that range from Sweden’s aim towards herd immunity to harsh lockdowns that prohibit any form of social interaction (other than at big box stores, of course). As such, it seems fair to ask questions. The following are just a few that some people may wish to have answered.

fdb45a9c-a35d-4713-a01f-6f9faebfc915 Wed, 13 Jan 2021 04:00:00 GMT
The Atlantica Party advocates for the Nova Scotian cannabis industry to be 100% private https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/the-atlantica-party-advocates-for-the-nova-scotian-cannabis-industry-to-be-100-private

The Atlantica Party recommends that the government and NSLC vacate the cannabis business and turn it over fully to Nova Scotian entrepreneurs.

944bede4-d5c8-4774-9ffc-4f76bf654de4 Tue, 08 Dec 2020 04:00:00 GMT
Jonathan Dean Returns as Leader of NS Atlantica Party https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/jonathan-dean-returns-as-leader-of-ns-atlantica-party

The Atlantica Party is returning to Nova Scotia’s political landscape with former leader Jonathan Dean at the helm. Dean, who co-founded the Atlantica Party in 2006, resigned as leader two years ago after growing discord within the Party executive over Atlantica’s direction, prompting him to step away entirely.

811bb626-5058-4ef6-bb78-26400de3d7de Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Atlantica Party New Website https://www.atlanticaparty.ca/News/details/atlantica-party-new-website

The Atlantica Party is rolling out a new website. 

Additional functionality will be added with a particular focus on interactivity and membership engagement.

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