FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy says Liberal’s first budget is a clear attack on seniors, teachers and students.
“Brian Gallant had a choice to reform the way New Brunswick governments spend money,” Cardy said. “Instead, he has decided to attack New Brunswick’s seniors, teachers and students. The money gouged from our most vulnerable will now go to fund $300 million more in failed corporate welfare methods.”
“Liberals are attacking seniors by forcing spouses and families to pay double for nursing home placements as well much more for medications,” Cardy said. “New Brunswick seniors have worked hard their whole lives to build up their own contingency funds and now having them stolen by this Liberal government.”
“I cited the example from École Sainte-Anne last week where classes have to sit in the cafeteria because there are not enough teachers,” Cardy said. “Now the Liberals are going to fire 249 more teachers.”
“How will Brian Gallant ensure that New Brunswick’s students are getting the education they deserve,” Cardy said? How are the Liberals going to fix the 56% functional illiteracy problem with 249 less educators?”
“Add to this that the Liberals have taken no action on improving day care plans or increasing funding,” Cardy said. “Once again, early childhood education is taking a back seat to the Liberal corporate welfare machine.”
“The Liberals are going to close rural Service New Brunswick stations, simultaneously forcing New Brunswickers to pay more in fuel while wasting more tax dollars to take their high-powered friends fishing at Larry’s Gulch,” said Cardy.
“The Liberals have also proven that they are unwilling to help retain new graduates in New Brunswick as they begin their careers and families,” Cardy said. “Cutting the tuition rebate absolutely sends the wrong message to our youth.”
“This budget is a complete failure to reign in and reform government spending,” Cardy said. “Instead, these are the same old tax and spend Liberals who are prepared to steal more from hard working, struggling New Brunswick families.”
“New Brunswick definitely deserves better.”