FREDERICTON – New Brunswick NDP Leader Dominic Cardy welcomed former Liberal MLA Abel LeBlanc to the NDP at a press conference Monday in Saint John. Cardy said he was happy to have someone of LeBlanc’s experience joining the party.
“Anyone who knows Abel knows he is a man of strong personal convictions and someone who works tirelessly for the people in his constituency,” Cardy said. “This is precisely the kind of person we need to help build this party.”
In his address, LeBlanc said the move to join the NDP comes from a desire to see things change for the better in New Brunswick.
“We’ve gone down the same worn out path with these two other parties and things aren’t going to get any better if we keep going back to them,” LeBlanc said. “The NDP offers a real chance for change and that appeals to me.”
LeBlanc served as MLA for Saint John Lancaster as a Liberal from 2003 through 2010. Cardy said he’s not surprised to see people from parties joining the NDP. He points out that former riding association presidents, former party youth wing presidents, former candidates, and countless volunteers from the old line parties have now joined the NDP.
“We’ve been talking about increasing literacy rates, introducing early education programs, meaningful government reform, and offering a clear plan to reduce our debt load. These are all the policies that people find lacking in the Liberal and Conservative parties,” Cardy said.