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NDP promises more support for seniors

ROBERTVILLE – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy promised an NDP government would do more to help seniors make their golden years better.

Cardy made the announcement in front of a crowd at the Club De L’Age D’Or in Robertville in the presence of Yvon Godin, MP for Acadie-Bathurst and Ray Godin, NB NDP candidate for Restigouche-Chaleur.

“Our province should be judged on the way we treat our elders,” Cardy said. “An NDP government will go further to make sure our seniors get the respect and protection they deserve.”

A new NDP government will:

  • Enhance the Senior Citizens Assistance Program, providing funds to seniors who wish to stay in their homes yet lack the means to make necessary repairs; this will cost $4.7 million per year; and
  • Support the Home First Strategy to help seniors live independently for as long as possible. This will have no new financial consequences for the province; and
  • Reform healthcare to focus on primary care and home-based services to keep seniors out of hospitals and in their homes. Any cost will be reflected as part of our healthcare plan.

“The wisdom and experience that our seniors have to offer should be treasured,” Cardy said. “Our seniors still have a lot to offer and because of that we will promote more opportunities for them to be involved in community-based programs through schools and businesses.”

“We have to thank our seniors for building this province we love,” Cardy said. “The best way we can do this is by giving them the respect and security they deserve. We will do this because New Brunswick deserves better.”

 

NDP Announces Creative Schools Act

Fredericton – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy announced his party’s education plan this morning. Cardy made the announcement at Park Street Elementary School in Fredericton.

“Our children deserve the best education system in the world,” Cardy said. “A new NDP would build just that.”

“An NDP government will introduce the Creative Schools Act to give teachers the freedom to create individual learning plans for every student. We will give teachers and parents the tools to ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed.”

Cardy said his plan would be modeled on a system already in place at Park Street Elementary School in Fredericton.

The NDP’s education plans will also:

  • End the provincial no-fail policy that often sees children who need extra help promoted to the next grade instead of getting the help they need;
  • Develop a provincial anti-truancy initiative to ensure every student has the time-on-task to reach their full potential;
  • Increase the literacy rates in our schools to 90% by the end of our first mandate; and
  • Increase support for student-led efforts to reduce bullying and increase the number of guidance counsellors in middle schools.

“Our children deserve to have an education system that gives them the necessary skills and tools to succeed in the world that awaits them,” Cardy said.

NDP Pledges Elimination of Small Business Tax

Fredericton – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy promised his party would eliminate the small business tax if elected later this month. Cardy made the announcement at Think Play, a popular downtown educational toy shop.

“The new NDP firmly believes that it is government’s job to create the environment that allows businesses to succeed and expand,” Cardy said. “That is why within our first six months of taking office we would eliminate the small business tax.”

“Small businesses are the foundation of our economy. Eliminating this tax will allow employers to hire more workers and expand their operations. It just makes sense. It’s the right thing to do.”

“The Liberals raised the small business tax to 5%, the Tories reduced it by 0.5% and only an NDP government would bring it to zero. We will take out the politics completely.”

Think Play owner Luke Randall says that the eliminating the small business would go a long way to helping New Brunswick businesses thrive. “Eliminating this tax is a definite way to keep New Brunswickers working at home,” Randall said.

“New Brunswick deserves better than the Liberals borrowing a billion dollars to buy temporary jobs. New Brunswick deserves better than the Tories hoping that someday shale gas will bring in hundreds of millions,” Cardy said. “We can’t afford to borrow a billion dollars and we can’t wait years down the road. New Brunswick deserves better.”

The cost of this commitment would be $32 million.

NDP Announces Aggressive Poverty Reduction Strategy

SAINT JOHN – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy announced his party’s poverty reduction strategy this morning. Cardy laid out the strategy with his Saint John area NDP candidates by his side.

“Our province should be judged on how it treats the most vulnerable,” Cardy said. “We understand this and that’s why a new NDP government would embark on the most aggressive poverty reduction campaign in New Brunswick’s history.”

The poverty reduction plan will include:

  • Integration of Housing First principles into a provincial affordable housing strategy.There is no estimate or maximum cost because of the nature of this commitment.
  • We will expand the role of the Ombudsman to include seniors, the unemployed, and clients of Social Development and WorkSafe NB.There will be no financial consequences for the province.
  • We will launch a Social Impact Bond pilot program, allowing community groups to bid to make the greatest impact upon fighting poverty and to fuel sustainability of the organizations that work to improve people’s lives.There will be no financial consequences for the province.
  • Engaging stakeholders to develop a provincial transportation program for people with disabilities as part of a broader provincial transit plan. There will be no financial consequences for the province.

“Doing these things will unleash untapped potential in New Brunswick’s economy, because it will offer a better life for New Brunswick families and, in particular, their children. We will do this because it’s the right thing to do. We will do this because New Brunswick deserves better.”

NDP Pledges First Contract Legislation in Labour Day Message

SaINT JOHN – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy announced that his party would pass first contract legislation if elected later this month.

Cardy made the announcement surrounded by Saint John area NDP candidates at the Saint John and District Labour Council Labour Day Parade and BBQ at Lily Lake Pavilion this afternoon.

“It is an honor to take part in this event to commemorate and remember the sacrifices workers made to help build this country,” Cardy said.

“It is important on this day that we remember that this work is not over. We should always be striving to make lives better for workers and working families,” Cardy said. “The NDP understands this and that’s why we would pass first contract legislation.”

New Brunswick would be joining the majority of other provinces in enacting first contract legislation, Cardy said.

“Workers have rights in this province to join a trade union. However, once a group of workers become unionized there is no law that requires employers to sit down and negotiate with them. An NDP government would change this. Because New Brunswick workers deserve better.”

The NDP will also introduce legislation to control the use of replacement workers during labour disputes.

These commitments will not have any financial consequences for the province.

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