Catch up on the latest from the New Brunswick provincial election campaign trail with news and notes from Friday, Sept. 5.
PCs: Alward promises no new taxes
The Progressive Conservatives in New Brunswick have released a campaign platform promising no new taxes and $117 million worth of new spending over the next four years.
Much of the platform centres on $10 billion in expected private investment linked to natural resource projects, such as shale gas development.
Meanwhile, the Liberals have asked the courts for an interpretation of “election commitment” in provincial legislation in light of promises made by the Tories in recent months.
Premier David Alward says all the pre-writ announcements were included in the budget.
Liberals: Gallant wants better roads
The Liberals are promising to start a fund to improve the maintenance of roads in New Brunswick if they’re elected in the Sept. 22 election.
Leader Brian Gallant says the fund will improve the quality of roads and other infrastructure over the next six years.
He said they would also take measures to improve brush cutting along roadsides and do additional work to repair potholes.
NDP: Cardy pledges better education
New Democrat Leader Dominic Cardy says that if he becomes premier his party would build the best education system in the world.
Cardy says an NDP government would give teachers the freedom to create individual learning plans for every student.
He says their education plan would increase literacy rates and support efforts to reduce bullying.
Entrepreneurs not confident in economic plans
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says entrepreneurs in New Brunswick aren’t confident that politicians have a credible plan to improve the economy.
Denis Robichaud, the federation’s director of provincial affairs, says a survey shows that nearly 80 per cent of members in the province don’t believe politicians have a plan to grow the economy.
He says the party that wins the vote needs to reduce spending and the size of government while working towards balanced budgets.
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