Editorial: The NDP’s tax cut pledge

NDP leader Dominic Cardy is continuing to steer his party toward the ideological centre of New Brunswick politics, a political sweet spot that happens to be where many of the province’s voters usually land on election day. The latest example of Mr. Cardy’s centrist thinking is evident in his proposal to eliminate the provincial small business tax if his party forms the next government.

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News article: Cardy says NDP will eliminate small business tax

FREDERICTON • New Democrat Leader Dominic Cardy says his party would eliminate the small business tax if elected to form government later this year.

In a speech laying out the broad strokes of the party’s platform, Cardy said his party would also create an independent environmental agency to enact a science-based approach to development policy, and move quickly to return the province to balanced budgets.

Cardy was the third in a series of five provincial party leaders to speak as part of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce political leadership series in the lead-up to September’s provincial election.

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News article: NDP accuses Liberals of misleading public on abortion stance

New Brunswick’s NDP is accusing the provincial Liberal Opposition of misleading voters on its abortion policy.

Liberal Leader Brian Gallant seemed to open the door to changing his party’s long-standing policy on abortion after the Morgentaler clinic in Fredericton announced it will close.

The Liberals have long supported the provincial policy of funding hospital abortions through medicare only if they’re considered medically necessary and two doctors agree, meaning, in effect, there was no debate and no difference of opinion between the Tories and Liberals on abortion.

Now, Gallant said that policy may be too restrictive and has called for a review of the police in light of the Morgentaler clinic’s decision to close.
Brian Gallant on abortion

Liberal Leader Brian Gallant called on Premier David Alward to launch a review of the province’s abortion policy on Thursday after the Morgentaler clinic announced its decision to close its private facility in Fredericton.

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News article: NDP seeks conflict of interest probe into MLA loan

FREDERICTON – New Democrat Leader Dominic Cardy says Tory MLA Greg Davis has violated the province’s conflict of interest act by failing to report a loan he received from his own party to the New Brunswick conflict commissioner.

Cardy said he will request in writing Thursday that the conflict commissioner’s office conduct an investigation into the alleged breach.

The NDP leader said that he will also call on the commissioner to launch a detailed examination into the expenses of all MLAs in each of the last two governments, citing broader failures and a lack of oversight of the expense reporting system.

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News article: Provincial NDP pledges to give more power to cities


SAINT JOHN – A New Democratic government would give more power to municipalities and only involve the province in pursuits that would be in the public interest, Dominic Cardy told Saint John’s business leaders on Thursday.

Speaking to about 50 people at a Board of Trade luncheon, the provincial NDP leader promised to cut seven government departments, including the Department of Economic Development, as part of a plan to save $213 million. The responsibility of developing economic development strategies would fall to municipalities.

“I believe that Mayor (Mel) Norton and Saint John’s Common Council are best placed to make those decisions for the Port City, much better placed than the rather poorly named minister of local government sitting in his office in Fredericton.”

To avoid the political temptation of creating new departments when a party needs a boost in the polls, the NDP would propose a law requiring unanimous approval from the legislature to add a new ministry.

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