FREDERICTON – New Brunswick NDP Leader Dominic Cardy presented 20 specific changes his party would make within one year of taking office. Billed as 12 Months of Change, the specific promises are categorized as items they would tackle on day one, items they would tackle by six months, and items they would tackle by the one-year mark. Cardy told supporters the detailed plan of action puts them in sharp contrast with the Liberals who continue to speak in vague generalities.
“This election, voters who want to replace the failed Alward government have a clear choice,” Cardy said. “They can go with Mr. Gallant and the tax and spend Liberals who will centralize power in the Premier’s office or they can elect the new NDP which has a detailed plan for how we will get this province back on the right track. Same old tax and spend Liberals or 12 months of change – the choice is clear.”
Amongst the items the new NDP will tackle on the first day of its mandate are: reducing the size of cabinet from 17 to 10, eliminating deduction of work income and spousal income from student loans, and enabling Advanced Care Paramedics to practice in New Brunswick.
“We have outlined a balanced approach that deals with, healthcare, education, deficit and debt reduction, and cleaning up government,” Cardy said.
Cardy pointed out that the NDP will launch its full a little later in the campaign.
“We still have many significant policy announcements that will be unveiled through the campaign. We’ll be talking about unprecedented environmental protection, making primary care more accessible in our healthcare system and working towards creating the best education system in the world,” Cardy said.
Cardy told supporters that the 12 Months of Change is a much needed alternative to the substance-free campaigns that have dominated the New Brunswick political landscape.
“If you’re tired of do-nothing, say-nothing, stand-for-nothing campaigns, I have a message for you – you’re not alone and you’re not without hope,” Cardy said. “The new NDP will roll up our sleeves on these clear commitments the minute an NDP government is sworn in.”