Nova Scotia opposition parties brace for election amid government spending spree

An election date has not been set, but Nova Scotia's opposition leaders say their campaigns are in full swing with candidates knocking on doors, holding a rally and raising eyebrows about the Liberal government's recent spending spree.

NDP Leader Gary Burrill says the crowd was energized at a campaign rally held at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, where he was joined by more than 30 party candidates Sunday.

While Premier Stephen McNeil has yet to call an election, Burrill says the Liberals unofficially kicked off the provincial race by spending more than $40 million in a flurry of daily announcements, including project announced Sunday that'll cost up to $1.5-million.

Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says the taxpayer-backed splurge signals that an election could be called within days.

Liberal spokesperson Michael Mercer said in a statement the party is ready to go to the polls "whenever that may be."

The premier recently dismissed opposition talk that the spending is simply about electioneering, but he also refused to rule out going to the polls before the April 27 budget is passed.