FREDERICTON – Reacting to the announcement of targeted cuts in departmental spending, NB NDP Leader Dominic Cardy is calling on the Liberal government to be honest with New Brunswickers.
“Minister Boudreau has already told us these targets won’t be met in all departments. Then I have to ask what’s the point of this announcement?” Cardy said, “Why tell New Brunswickers, those who work in the civil service and those who depend on public services, that departments will be cut by five to 10 percent if the Liberals don’t expect to reach those goals?”
“Boudreau is calling for an 8.9% cut in the budget of Opportunities New Brunswick, an office the Liberals just created,” Cardy said. “How can their starting budget already be so out of date? Is this an admission that the Liberals padded the budget or is it simply that they were not competent in budgeting correctly? It has to be one or the other.”
“These targets are a smokescreen,” Cardy said. “Fear mongering to distract from the Liberal budget that attacks the savings of seniors, cuts support for students and new graduates, and threatens the province’s credit rating with more corporate welfare handouts.”
“Patients are waiting in dirty corridors in overcrowded hospitals,” Cardy said, “and Brian Gallant wants to cut 10 percent from the Department of Health while preserving money for useless white elephants like Larry’s Gulch.”
“As a candidate, Brian Gallant said across the board cuts don’t work, and that areas like education should get more,” Cardy said. “This is further proof that the Liberal campaign was all about winning power with no clue what to do with it.”
“The NDP has been clear on how to balance New Brunswick’s books: cut whole departments that don’t deliver the public services the public needs, end the hundreds of millions in failed corporate handouts and invest in the areas where government should take the lead,” Cardy said. “New Brunswick deserves better.”