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SCRAP SNOWMOBILE TRAIL UP MOUNT CARLETON, SAYS CARDY

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy is opposing Tourism Minister Bill Fraser’s approval of the construction of a snowmobile trail on Mount Carleton, saying it violates the wilderness area intention of the park. Moreover, Cardy said there are also many questions around the process in which this plan was approved.

“Mount Carleton Provincial Park is the only wilderness park in the province, and is a big draw for tourists for that reason,” Cardy said. “Allowing snowmobiles, and by extension, ATVs in the summer to travel up the mountain will violate the wilderness appeal of the mountain. There are many other fine options for further development of snowmobile trails in the province, and even in the vicinity of the park. This specific area should stay undeveloped.”

Cardy added that there are numerous questions around how this plan was approved.

“We have met with some of those concerned about this plan and they have informed us that there are questions surrounding matters such as whether tenders were properly issued to conduct the trail work, whether public consultation procedures were followed, and whether various rules for granting authority for the work were adhered to,” Cardy said.

Cardy also said that the argument that the trail is fine as snowmobilers already use the hiking trails around Mt. Carleton sends the wrong message. “If people get the idea that they can effectively get what they want as long as they persist in breaking the law long enough, the government is rewarding bad behaviour. There is enough bad behaviour in the Gallant government without them encouraging it among the general public.”

GALLANT GAMBLING ON CORPORATE WELFARE … AGAIN, SAYS CARDY

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick New Democrat leader Dominic Cardy responded to the announcement by the Gallant government that BMM Testlabs will be getting $14 million in corporate welfare according to Radio-Canada, or $14,000 per job, saying it was yet another misguided example of corporate welfare and potentially another Atcon.

“We have a government that is cutting teachers, pick pocketing seniors, and is nickel-and-diming citizens with fee increases, and then throwing money at highly profitable companies.” Cardy said. BMM Testlabs saw a 7 percent increase in their revenue in the first half of 2015 compared to the previous year. “This isn’t economic development, it is corporate welfare.”

BBM Testlabs received $1.8 million in payroll rebates from the Alward government in 2013 and 2014 to create 200 jobs. At the moment, only about 50 people work at the company’s Dieppe location. Cardy says it amounts to a doubling down on corporate welfare, paying a company twice to create the same job. “BBM Testlabs got nearly $2 million to create 200 jobs in New Brunswick. Today only 50 work there. Today’s announcement means it appears we are paying the same company twice to create 150 jobs. It’s bad enough to give out corporate welfare once for a job, but twice is just plain ridiculous,” said Cardy.

“The way to create jobs is not by having fancy press conferences to give out money to profitable companies. It is by creating conditions that help inspire entrepreneurs, reduce costs for small business, cuts taxes for all job creators, and nurturing an educated and skilled workforce,” Cardy added.

NEW BRUNSWICK NDP NOMINATES GREG CROUSE AS CANDIDATE FOR CARLETON BY-ELECTION

FREDERICTON — The New Brunswick NDP is proud to announce that Greg Crouse of Hartland has been nominated as their candidate for the upcoming by-election in Carleton.

Greg Crouse was born and raised in Carleton County, and knows the meaning of hard work. For 16 years, he has worked at Old Dutch Foods in Hartland, and currently serves as Vice-President of UNIFOR Local 2001-NB.

Greg is a proud family man. He lives in Hartland with his wife Renee and their three children, Jordyn, Jason and Jaymee, and is actively involved in his community through helping organize the Walk to Fight Arthritis in Hartland and volunteering at the Hartland community garden.

Greg believes that an MLA should be someone who people can turn to, someone who will work hard for them and who has a record of fighting to make sure that hard-working people get a fair shake. He knows first-hand the importance of being able to find a good job to support a family, and believes the best way to create jobs isn’t by handing out millions of dollars in corporate welfare, but by creating an environment where local business can thrive by eliminating the tax on small businesses.

Like so many people, Greg is tired of the same old back-and-forth between the Liberals and Conservatives. He decided to run for the New Brunswick NDP because he wants make sure that Carleton County will be a place where his children can find good jobs, put down roots, and continue to be a part of the community where they grew up. Greg believes that Dominic Cardy and the New Brunswick NDP are the best party to deliver the change we need to make sure that Carleton County is prosperous, for this generation and for the next.

BOUDREAU’S MEETING WITH TRANSGENDER ACTIVISTS LONG OVERDUE, AND MORE MUST BE DONE, SAYS CARDY

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick New Democratic Party leader Dominic Cardy is demanding full and equal access to healthcare for members of the transgender community in New Brunswick. Cardy welcomed the news that Health Minister Victor Boudreau plans to meet with members of the transgender rights community, though he added that the meeting was long overdue and that action is now needed to strengthen transgender rights in New Brunswick.

“Full and equal access to healthcare, including gender reassignment surgery, must be made available to the transgender community. We are the only province that hasn’t done so and it’s time we join the rest of Canada in the 21st century,” Cardy said.

Cardy added that Minister Boudreau’s earlier comments about who doctors can choose to treat undermines his credibility as Health Minister. “You cannot have a Minister of the government suggesting that doctors can refuse to treat patients whom they dislike as people or based on how they live their lives. The medical system is for everyone and the Minister of Health should defend and promote that,” Cardy said.

Cardy also said that concerns about the cost of publicly providing gender reassignment surgery are unfounded. “The spin-off healthcare cost savings from providing this surgery make it worth doing so, and even without acknowledging those savings, the upfront cost is minimal. If we were to take the annual cost to Ontario of providing gender reassignment surgery and adjust it for New Brunswick’s size, the cost is only $120,000 per year. Put another way, that’s less than Victor Boudreau’s annual salary,” Cardy said.

Cardy: Gallant nursing home flip-flop the right decision made for the wrong reason

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy welcomed the decision by the New Brunswick government to reverse the fees increases that New Brunswickers would have been charged for nursing homes.

“Premier Gallant has apparently decided he doesn’t want to make every single New Brunswicker over the age of 50 angry with him. Good for him, and the NDP hopes that next he will look at decisions around firing 300 teachers and cutting support for daycares from the same perspective,” Cardy said.

“We recognize that this decision has been reversed because it contributed to making Premier Gallant one of the least popular leaders in Canada,” Cardy said, “but, in the end, what matters is that our seniors won this round. I want to congratulate the thousands of people across the province who made their voice heard and who made an unthinking and short-sighted government change direction.”

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