Nova Scotia Tories say they’re ready to enter an election battle with the N-D-P on the issue of lower taxes and a
freeze on power rates.

Party Leader Jamie Baillie told party faithful over the weekend at its Annual General Meeting that lowering taxes and cutting “wasteful” spending will lead to more jobs in the province under a Tory government.

Baillie’s speech also went after the provincial government for its financial bailouts, referring to deals like the one given to the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill in Point Tupper, N.S.

Delegates also heard during the meeting that the party’s coffers are well stocked if an election is called.

Party treasurer Rob Jeffery told the annual meeting that the party has $325,000 in cash on hand.

The N-D-P government will mark four years in office this summer.