Cardy congratulates Alward on new diplomatic post

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy is extending congratulations from his party to former premier David Alward upon being named Canadian consul general in Boston.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Alward on behalf on my party,” Cardy said, “and wish him all the best in this prestigious opportunity.”

“Mr. Alward’s passion as a New Brunswicker will make him a great representative in Boston.”

Cuts to classrooms an attack on teachers and students, Cardy says

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy is calling on the Liberals to stop cuts to classrooms.

“The Liberals waited almost a month to tell us that the cuts to education would be twenty percent more than announced in the budget. Last week they were firing 249 teachers, this week it’s 301 teaching positions – including inclusion resource teachers,” Cardy said. “Brian Gallant has to step up and take responsibility for the weakness of Education Minister Rousselle on his files.”

“Minister Rousselle has cut the classroom supply budget for teachers,” Cardy said. “These funds – up to $250.00 – were there so teachers could ensure students had the resources necessary for specific lesson plans. Teachers are already paying hundreds of dollars out of their own pockets for classroom supplies, where does Minister Rousselle expect that money to now come from,” asked Cardy. “Does he want parents to squeeze more out of their paychecks?”

“Serge Rousselle can’t get his numbers straight when it comes to education cuts. But the Liberals are clear that they will defend wasteful spending on Larry’s Gulch, which was specifically protected in the budget.” Cardy said.

“This shows where the Liberals’ priorities are. New Brunswick deserves better.”

IGT layoffs another example of corporate welfare hurting province and workers, Cardy says

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy, reacting to the announcement of 67 layoffs at Moncton’s IGT, called on the Liberal government to finally put an end to the corporate welfare.

“Less than a year ago, the government gave this company $5 million of taxpayers’ money,” Cardy said, “and now the company has fired sixty seven workers.”

“This is just the latest in a long list of egregious examples of how Liberals and Tories waste public dollars on companies which do not benefit the province,” Cardy said.

“Sixty seven people are now set to join the already-long unemployment line in New Brunswick,” Cardy said. “I hope Premier Gallant thinks about this the next time he and Bruce Fitch squabble over what he actually meant when promising five thousand new jobs.”

“We simply need to stop wasting money on these failed and outdated excuses for economic policy,” Cardy said.

“This Liberal government is already attacking seniors and teachers to pay for their rainy day fund,” Cardy said. “I would suggest that Mr. Gallant get out and talk to ordinary New Brunswickers instead of his backroom Liberal friends because the rain is already pouring. Just ask the sixty seven people who now don’t have a job.”

“The NDP’s policy has been to implement a New Jobs Tax Credit,” Cardy said. “This provides proven incentive to create new permanent jobs as opposed to wasting millions buying temporary ones.”

“New Brunswick deserves better.”

Boudreau’s spending targets fear-mongering, Cardy says

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.”

Liberals gouge more from most vulnerable, Cardy says

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.”

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