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NDP Would Create Human Health & Environmental Protection Agency (HHEPA)

SACKVILLE – An NDP government will create the Human Health & Environmental Protection Agency (HHEPA). NDP Leader Dominic Cardy made the announcement Monday at the Sackville Waterfowl Park

“Under the Liberals and Conservatives, decisions affecting our natural resources and the environment were made for political reasons rather than in the interest of a sustainable future,” Cardy said. “The recent Ombudsman’s report on the failures involved with the 2002 Water Classification Regulation shows why New Brunswickers cannot trust the Liberals and Conservatives to protect the environment. New Brunswick deserves better. The HHEPA will be independent. It will put science at the forefront.”

Heading the HHEPA would be the newly created position of Chief Provincial Scientist. The Chief Provincial Scientist and the HHEPA will have a dual role in protecting New Brunswick’s environment.

“They will be proactive in conducting research and putting New Brunswick ahead of the curve in developing leading edge environmental science and human health programs. At the same time, they will ensure all industrial projects are meeting their environmental responsibilities. This is why it is crucial this body be independent from government and the private sector.”

Funding for the research component of the HHEPA will come from stable government funding. Costs for the independent industry monitoring by the HHEPA will be borne by industry.

NDP Unveils the Fairness For Pensioners Act

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick NDP Leader Dominic Cardy stood alongside public pension retirees in front of the Legislature Saturday morning and unveiled the Fairness For Pensioners Act. Cardy has promised to introduce the bill which would rescind the imposed shared risk deal for existing public pension retirees within the first legislative session of an NDP government.

“We have said that a contract is a contract is a contract and this piece of legislation shows we say what we mean and mean what we say,” Cardy said.

Ray Wilson, an active member in the pensioners group who has been fighting against the shared risk deal, said for many pensioners the shared risk deal puts them in financial jeopardy.

“What the Alward government is trying to do is an attack on seniors and lower income citizens of New Brunswick,” Wilson said. “Pensioners are at a stage of life where there is very little they can do to make up the lost purchasing power through the loss of a guaranteed inflation indexed pension plan.”

Cardy said the NDP is the only party that has stood up against the government on the unfair way our pensioners have been treated. He pointed out that the Liberals have waffled on the issue from day one and did nothing when they had a chance to press the issue.

“There were parliamentary procedures the Liberals could have used late last year to stop the passage of the pension bill,” Cardy said.  “The NDP even offered advice to the Liberals on how they could use every procedural tool to stop this bill.  Instead of using those procedures to leverage meaningful change to the pension legislation, Brian Gallant and the Liberal caucus completely rolled over.”

As a pensioner, Wilson said he appreciates what the NDP has done to fight the shared risk deal. “Mr. Cardy has been consistent from the beginning that ‘a contract is a contract’. On more than one occasion he has informed pensioners that when the NDP forms the next government of New Brunswick they will make it right and honour the agreement pensioners had when they retired,” Wilson said.

“New Brunswick deserves better. Our pensioners deserve better and that is what a new NDP government will deliver.” Cardy said.

12 Months of Change Costed Checklist

On the first day, a new NDP government will:

 

Cut size of cabinet from 17 to 10 and end the practice of providing new vehicles for ministers.

 

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
7.2 m. 14.7 m. 15.0 m. 15.3 m. 15.6 m.

 

 

Change mandatory motor vehicle inspections from every year to every two years.

Launch a judicial reference to see if the Alward government’s backroom forestry strategy was legal.

Eliminate deduction of work income and parental income from student loans.

 

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
(1.6 m.) (1.6 m.) (1.6 m.) (1.6 m.) (1.6 m.)

 

 

Enable Advanced Care Paramedics to practice in New Brunswick.

 

 

Within the first six months, a new NDP government, will:

 

ü  Eliminate the small business tax.

 

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
(16.2 m.) (32.39 m.) (33.55 m.) (34.76 m.) (36.01 m.)

Note: This total is for all small business tax revenue, and doesn’t exclude franchises and individuals registered as corporations, both of which would continue to pay the small business tax.

 

End the ‘no fail’ practice in our schools and replace it with individual learning plans for every student.

Eliminate political interference in hiring and firing of civil servants and the awarding of government contracts.

Eliminate property taxes on municipal transit facilities to fund expanded public transit.

 

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(0.3 m.) (0.6 m.) (0.6 m.) (0.6 m.) (0.6 m.)

 

Increase the minimum wage to the Atlantic average with a guaranteed annual COLA increase.

Rescind the shared risk public pension deal for existing retirees imposed by the Alward government and fully protect all pensions.

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
(2.1 m.) (4.2 m.) (4.2 m.) (4.2 m.) (4.2 m.)

 

Reverse Conservative cuts to art, music, and physical education in schools.

Guarantee the independence of public health officers.

 

 

Within the first year, a new NDP government will:

 

 

Increase medical residencies by 20% to allow for more family doctor to practice in New Brunswick.

 

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
0.0 (1.3 m.) (1.3 m.) (1.3 m.) (1.3 m.)

 

End political interference in the assignment of summer job grants.

Introduce a New Jobs Tax Credit which economists predict will create 15,000 and 20,000 jobs in our first term.

 

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Cost 0.0 (29.3 m.) (29.3 m.) (29.3 m.) (29.3 m.)
New Revenue 0.0 19.6 m. 39.1 m. 58.7 m. 78.2 m.
Net 0.0 (9.7 m.) 9.8 m. 29.4 m. 48.9 m.

 

Reduce the number of unnecessary government regulations by at least 20% or 11,000 regulations

Establish an Income Trust for 49% of NBLC’s future earnings, generating an estimated $1.1 billion that would immediately be applied against the provincial debt.

 

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
0.0 5.1 m. 5.1 m. 5.1 m. 5,1 m.

 

 

Restore vision and hearing tests for children entering Kindergarten.

 

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
(0.6 m.) (0.6 m.) (0.6 m.) (0.6 m.) (0.6 m.)

 

Amend the Employment Standards Act to guarantee unpaid leave to allow parents to care for a sick child without losing their job.

 

 

NDP Outlines 12 Months of Change for New Brunswick

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.”

Tax and spend Liberals

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy calls the Liberal’s so-called balanced economic plan misleading.

The Liberal plan will increase the debt and the deficit, Cardy said. “Yesterday Mr. Gallant announced $250 million in cuts through a Paul Martin-style program review. Today he said his party would increase spending by $300 million in their first year, adding $1.5 billion to the debt over four years.”

“Mr. Gallant has to be clear with New Brunswickers about how he will pay for this new spending. He’s talked about increasing taxes, centralizing power in the Premier’s Office and creating new Crown corporations that will answer directly to him.”

“New Brunswickers can’t wait six years to balance the books,” Cardy said. “The new NDP will balance the books within our first term with a clear plan to quickly reduce the debt by $1.1 billion.”

“Brian Gallant wants to add more to our debt than Shawn Graham. New Brunswick deserves better than the same old tax and spend Liberals.”

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