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NDP Announces Plan for Agriculture and Local Food Producers

PERTH-ANDOVER – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy laid out his party’s plan for agriculture and local food and beverages this afternoon along with the NDP candidate for Carleton-Victoria and local farmer, Joe Gee.

“Agriculture is still a fundamental part of New Brunswick’s economy,” Cardy said. “An NDP government will further support local food and artisanal producers and farmers’ markets through a simplified New Brunswick Market Ready Program for food and product licensing, inspection, and labelling system.” (This cost is yet to be determined)

Cardy said the New Brunswick Market Ready would also include microbreweries.

“The new NDP will mandate the community college networks to provide agricultural training courses along with food processing courses and certificates,” Cardy said. “We will also allow for co-op kitchens to be established, providing independent incubation spaces for local food producers.”(This cost is yet to be determined)

Cardy said the NDP would strengthen protection of agricultural land by introducing an Agricultural Land Preservation and Accessibility Act. (There is no cost associated with this)

“To help farmers immediately,” Cardy said, “we reduce the cost of farm plates to $10 annually.”(This will cost $43,000 annually)

NDP Would Give More Powers to Municipalities

Saint-Léolin – CARAQUET – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy says a new NDP government would give more powers to local governments. Cardy made the announcement with Mathieu Chayer, the mayor of Saint-Léolin and the NDP candidate for Caraquet.

“New Brunswick has the weakest Municipalities Act in the country,” Cardy said. “A new NDP will make it the strongest.”

The strengthening of the Municipalities Act will include:

  •  Economic development should be controlled by municipalities, not the Premier’s office
  • Clear powers and resources so municipalities don’t have to get permission from Fredericton for common sense decisions
  • Financial incentives for municipalities who want to work together to better serve their residents as part of a reformed and simplified equalization formula.
  • An elected local government for every New Brunswicker; training for elected officials and municipal administrators
  • Reform Regional Service Commissions to put them under the control of member communities, not a vehicle for orders from the Premier’s office

“As a mayor I know what needs to be done to make our municipal governments work.  And I know the new NDP and Dominic Cardy are the only party ready to give real powers to local governments, and to take it away from Fredericton,” said M. Chayer.

Responding to the release, Black’s Harbour mayor and NDP candidate for Fundy-The Isles-Saint John West, Terry James, said “The foundation of a strong province are its communities. The new NDP gets that, the Liberals and Conservatives want to keep the power in Fredericton. We’re going to change that.”

“Instead of patronage projects, we will empower municipalities to control their own destinies,” Cardy said. “A new NDP government will meet twice yearly with the municipal government associations, as equals, to map out a shared vision.  Because New Brunswick deserves better.”

NDP will put an end to corporate welfare

MIRAMICHI – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy says the new NDP would put an end to corporate welfare. Cardy made the announcement in front of the old Atcon site near Miramichi Friday.

“The moment a new NDP government takes office, the era of corporate bailouts is over,” Cardy said. “Let what happened right here be a lesson that Liberal and Tory policies create debt, not jobs.”

Cardy pointed out that the culture of Liberal and Conservative corporate welfare has left New Brunswick with one of the highest unemployment rates in Canada.  Between 2005 and 2011 the Liberals, and then the Conservatives, gave $150 million to companies that no longer exist.

“Corporate welfare chokes off economic growth and discourages investors. Liberals and Conservatives love talking about ‘creating jobs’ but often that means bribing outside companies with your tax dollars,” Cardy said.  “It doesn’t work. New Brunswick deserves better.”

Cardy said the NDP job creation plan involves a New Jobs Tax Credit, eliminating the small business tax, and investments in skills training and education.

“We have to stop repeating the failed policies of the past. We have to combine New Brunswickers’ integrity and hard work with international best practices for getting this economy back on track. Only the new NDP is proposing a specific plan to balance the books, create jobs and save our healthcare, education and social programs.”

News Story – Cardy reveals plans to strengthen economy, attacks Gallant

The following appeared on the Telegraph Journal website on August 28, 2014:

ADAM HURAS      Legislature Bureau

SAINT JOHN – New Democrat Leader Dominic Cardy has revealed several new planks of his party’s election platform aimed at strengthening the provincial economy.

In a speech to business leaders in the Port City on Thursday, Cardy also spent nearly a quarter of his time at the podium discrediting Brian Gallant and a proposed Liberal economic strategy – suggesting it comes from “an inexperienced leader listening uncritically to the backrooms of his party.”

Cardy told a Saint John chamber crowd that an NDP government would introduce a research and development tax credit to promote business growth.

It would also increase the New Brunswick Investment Tax Credit cap to $500,000, making it the highest on the eastern seaboard, and establish regionally competitive tax credits for angel investors, “encouraging them to give New Brunswick start-ups a helping hand.”

The NDP would also create a Tourism Marketing Fund, to be collected via a hotel levy.

The moves are in addition to a previously-released pledge to eliminate the small business tax.

Cardy also announced on Thursday that the New Democrats will end the over $150 million the province spends annually on corporate bailouts in the form of grants and non-repayable loans.

The NDP has also pitched to close the Department of Economic Development, only keeping elements of the existing framework – such as the offices coordinating trade missions and investment opportunities, but now under the Department of Finance.

Cardy then provided new details of a jobs tax credit to reward companies that create new jobs.

“This tax credit will be available to any employer who creates a new job: no politics, no complicated bureaucracy,” Cardy said. “The new jobs tax credit works.

“Six of the 10 states with the lowest unemployment rates used a jobs tax credit to jump-start their economies.”

Cardy said economists predict that the jobs tax credit will create between 15,000 and 20,000 jobs within four years.

The speech also included a commitment to allow more advertising opportunities on our province’s highways – “giving great New Brunswick businesses a critical tool to reach new customers,” Cardy said.

The New Democrat leader said the addition of a Tourism Marketing Fund – to be collected through a hotel levy – represents a community-based and self-supporting approach to economic development that sees local stakeholders take responsibility for fund management and investment decision-making.

“It’s an idea that has been endorsed by the province’s tourism associations – we need to make it happen,” Cardy said.

Despite being in Saint John, the speech focused little on energy development projects.

“Here in Saint John we are excited about the possibilities of new projects, from the pipeline to the new export terminal,” Cardy said. “We support the development of the new barge terminal, to open our markets to the world.”

He then spoke at great length about the Liberal’s economic development plan to date – taking direct aim at a pitch to spend $900-million on infrastructure over six years.

“Mr. Gallant says that after he borrows nearly a billion dollars, we will have 1,700 jobs for people to build infrastructure,” Cardy said. “The math is straight forward, and it is devastating. That means government is spending $88,000 per job, per year.

“By the end government will have spent $529,000, over half a million dollars, per job. And that doesn’t take into account the interest.”

He added: “This is not a stimulus program. No government today would propose a six year stimulus plan, because if you still need it six years later, it isn’t stimulating anything.”

For the first time on the campaign trail, Cardy then took aim at Gallant himself.

“Only an inexperienced leader listening uncritically to the backrooms of his party could sign off on this plan,” Cardy said. “If an opposition leader does that, it’s embarrassing for him. But of a premier signs off on this plan, it’s devastating for us all.”

Cardy continued, suggesting the Liberals will raise the HST to afford its promises.

“I detest stupid spending that gives government a bad name,” he said. “So when I hear Mr. Gallant muse about increasing the HST, to pay for programs that benefit his supporters, it is a reminder to all politicians of the work we have to do to regain the public’s trust.”

Cardy’s remarks at the Delta Brunswick Hotel were the first from the three major provincial party leaders.

The Saint John chamber will host Liberal Leader Brian Gallant next week and Progressive Conservative leader David Alward in mid-September.

Cardy continues to frame the New Democrats as the electorate’s most fiscally responsible option.

“This is not a question just of spending, or just of revenue, or of right or of left,” Cardy said.

“It’s a question of governance.

“We offer clear policies to balance the books, to create jobs, to save our healthcare and education systems.”

NDP LAYS OUT ECONOMIC AGENDA TO SAINT JOHN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

SAINT JOHN – In a policy speech to the Saint John regional Chambers of Commerce, NDP leader Dominic Cardy laid out his party’s vision for economic development.

“We don’t need big government, or small government, we need good government,” said Cardy, who made it clear that only the new NDP offered a change from the idea that government was responsible for direct job creation.

“Government has to create the condition for job creation and that means investments in education and healthcare. That can’t be done until we balance the books. Government has to create the right environment for businesses to succeed. These policies show the approach a new NDP government would take.

Among other ideas, a new NDP government will:

Close the Department of Economic Development, keeping elements that work – such as the offices coordinating trade missions and investment opportunities – under the Department of Finance.

Introduce a New Jobs Tax Credit to reward companies that create new jobs. This tax credit will be available to any employer who creates a new job: no politics, no complicated bureaucracy.

Introduce a Research and Development Tax Credit to promote business growth, encouraging companies to grow right here in New Brunswick.

Increase the New Brunswick Investment Tax Credit cap to $500,000, making it the highest on the Eastern seaboard.

Establish regionally competitive tax credits for angel investors, encouraging them to give New Brunswick start-ups a helping hand.

Work with our university and community college network to establish angel investor hubs on campuses across New Brunswick, letting our students turn their new ideas into tomorrow’s business success stories.

Support the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation and will strengthen links between universities, community colleges, and individuals with creative ideas to develop new concepts, products, and companies through continued support for the NBIF.

Support social enterprises by expanding the policy development work undertaken by the Advisory Committee on Social Enterprise and Community Investment Funds and the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick.

Create the Tourism Marketing Fund, to be collected via a hotel levy.

Support the development of a new Spruce Lake barge terminal.”

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