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NDP presents clear contrast to Liberal plan

Fredericton – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy said he expects the attacks on him and his party to continue this week from Brian Gallant.

“Mr. Gallant falsely criticized us last week on our platform,” Cardy said. “Our plan is clear and detailed and I invite anyone to read it.”

“Mr. Gallant has continuously criticized the Conservatives for their arbitrary, across-the-board cuts,” Cardy said. “But he is not offering any contrast in his own party’s plans. Instead, he has arbitrarily announced that he will find $250 million in cuts without identifying them.”

“The new NDP is ready to offer New Brunswickers a clear contrast to Mr. Gallant’s plan,” Cardy said. “We have identified over $250 million in government inefficiencies and we are ready to present them to New Brunswickers.”

“New Brunswick deserves better than the tax and spend approach of Mr. Gallant,” Cardy said. “New Brunswick deserves better than empty promises. We have a clear plan that lays out the things we think government should be spending money on and the things it shouldn’t.”

“We’re ready because New Brunswick deserves better.”


 

Description Savings (millions)
Department of Economic Development 73.53
Invest NB Programs (minus administration) 45.42
Department of Economic Development Loans and Advance Programs 65.00
Reduction in size of cabinet 14.42
Government offices for MLAs 1.96
Leasing and Maintaining Department of Transportation buildings 44.72
Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat 1.05
Government Services Marketing/Web Design 0.92
Office of Human Resources 2.63
PETL – University Relations/Transformation 5.77
50% cut in Committee Allowances 4.05
Efficiency NB Administration 0.65
Non-environmental functions of fisheries offices 6.23
Department of Wellness and Healthy Communities Advertising budget 5.24
Support for Department of Local Government Action Plan 1.00
TOTAL 272.59

NDP promises to reverse the doubling of the seniors’ drug co-pay

Fredericton – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy announced this morning that an NDP government will reverse the doubling of the seniors’ prescription drug co-pay.

Cardy made the announcement in front of the Neville Manor with Fredericton North NDP candidate Brian Duplessis, who said the doubling of the co-pay was one of the reasons he decided to run for the NDP.

“This issue was a deal breaker for me,” Duplessis said. “We should not be forcing our seniors to pay money they can’t afford. They should not be on the hook for years of Liberal and Tory economic mismanagement.”

“Doubling the co-pay has hurt seniors on fixed and low incomes,” Duplessis said. “Many of them can’t afford it. As a result, in addition to this direct hardship, we are dealing with the hidden costs that come from more doctor visits, more ambulance use and longer hospital stays.”

“In 2012 the government doubled the amount seniors pay for their medication each year. A new NDP government will reverse that decision,” Cardy said.

This commitment will cost the province $3 million per year.

NDP pledges respect for civil servants

Fredericton – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy has promised that his party would put respect for New Brunswick’s civil servants as a top priority if elected later this month.

Cardy made the announcement in front of the Legislature.

“Our civil servants are going to be an integral part of getting New Brunswick back on track,” Cardy said. “The new NDP is ready to work with the civil service to face and overcome our challenges as a province.”

As a pledge of his party’s support and respect for the civil service, Cardy said his party will:

  • Introduce whistleblower legislation for civil servants. This commitment will have no financial consequences on the province;
  • Eliminate the ability of MLAs to hire or be involved in the hiring or firing of civil servants and make it against the law for MLAs to interfere in allocating or managing contracts. This commitment will have no financial consequences for the province; and
  • Stop the Liberal and Conservative practise of moving government offices out of opposition-held constituencies and into government held-constituencies. This commitment will provide savings for the province which cannot be determined at this time.

“When government is transparent and accountable we shouldn’t need things such as whistleblower legislation,” Cardy said. “Unfortunately in New Brunswick, this has not been the case.”

“Our civil servants deserve better than the Liberals and Tories using them as pawns in their old-style political games,” Cardy said. “The new NDP is ready to provide our civil servants with respect they deserve. We’re ready to work with civil servants to overcome our challenges. We’re ready.”

“Because New Brunswick deserves better.”

NDP announces Free in 8, PSE plans

Fredericton – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy announced the party’s plan for post-secondary education today.

Cardy made the announcement on the UNB campus among students, supporters and candidates.

“Eight years is long enough to be paying back student loans,” Cardy said. “That’s why the new NDP will introduce the Free in 8 Program to ensure that every graduate can afford to pay off their loan in eight years or get the help they need to make those payments.” This will cost $1.8 million in the first year and $3.7 million by year four.

“Through post-graduation bursaries and eliminating interest on student loans, the Free in 8 Program will ensure that low income graduates won’t just have their payments delayed but will get help retiring the debt.”

A new NDP government will also create a Student Retention Initiative that will remove the required parental and spousal contributions from student loans; this will cost $1.6 million per year.

Cardy said his party would also create the NB Hopes Scholarship Program which would target first year financial aid to eligible students with high marks and high financial need.

“New Brunswick students deserve better than a debt sentence,” Cardy said. “They deserve a fair chance to start families and careers without crippling debt.”

NDP lays out plan for a creative economy

Fredericton – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy announced that his party would invest in a creative economy.

“The new NDP is committed to helping small businesses thrive in New Brunswick,” Cardy said. “This includes investments to ensure our creative economy becomes ever more vibrant.”

“A new NDP government will create the Culture Credit Program, which will include a tax credit to lower the costs on rental space for arts and culture purposes.”

“Artists have told us that they would welcome more business training opportunities,” Cardy said. “The new NDP will work with our community college network to create these opportunities, connecting artists with adequate small business training.”

Cardy also said that the NDP will work with municipalities to create legislation enabling cultural districts and art enterprise zones.

“Artists should be able to turn their passions into their livelihoods,” Cardy said. “A new NDP government would go further to ensure they can do just that.”

These commitments do not have financial consequences for the province that can be determined at this time.

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