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Wed
28
Jan

Comment: We do not need more program review. We need program execution.

At the end of the competitive 2010 election campaign, at a time when the total financial impacts of numerous new spending commitments were still being assessed, the new government was presented, for the first time, with an introduction to the demographic and economic reality of our province, prepared by the civil service. At that time, the deficit for 2010/11 was forecasted to be $820.4 million, and trending higher.
 
By contrast, today's government entered office with a 2014/15 deficit forecasted to be $377 million, and trending downward - a $443 million improvement. This demonstrates a reduction in expense growth over the previous four years, from an average rate of 5.9% to 0.8%. This was a direct result of strong expenditure management practices that was a daily focus.
 
Sat
17
Jan

Fiready Inc. receives $510,000 ACOA frunds and Provincial development funds

The project consists of purchasing and installing a biomass boiler. This equipment will increase the operation’s productivity by maximizing the plant’s drying capability. It is expected that acquiring this technology will result in increased sales for the business.

The federal government, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Business Development Program, is providing a $350,000 repayable contribution to the modernization project. The provincial government is providing $110,000 through the Northern New Brunswick Economic Development and Innovation Fund, and $50,000 through the NB Growth program. Fiready is investing $10,000 and has a $200,000 loan from the Business Development Bank of Canada. 

Fri
16
Jan

Former Morgentaler abortion clinic will re-open under new ownership

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Wed
14
Jan

Premier Gallant refuses to allow public scrutiny on Legislature Standing Rule changes

The Official Opposition is disappointed that Brian Gallant is unwilling to hold open meetings or to seek the advice of external experts on his proposed changes to the Legislative Assembly's Standing Rules.  A meeting of the Legislature's Standing Committee on Procedure ended abruptly today when the government refused again to collaborate.

 

"We approached today's Committee meeting in a genuine way, with open minds.  We wanted to collaborate, to talk about ways to improve our process and, importantly, to discuss how the committee can seek the advice of external experts and the public.  Instead, the government refused to cooperate," said Opposition House Leader Madeleine Dubé.

Wed
14
Jan

Opposition Tories call for transparency and public scrutiny regarding changes to Legislative Standing Rules

After it repeatedly called for a more open, collaborative approach to modernizing the Legislature's Standing Rules during the fall legislative session, the Official Opposition welcomes Brian Gallant's move to reconvene the Legislature's Standing Committee on Procedure.

 

The Standing Rules set the ground rules for how the Legislature operates.  "Brian Gallant's proposal, in its current form, would implement the most fundamental changes to those rules in a generation, but they were assembled without consulting the Official Opposition or, it appears, any external experts on the subject," said Leader of the Opposition Bruce Fitch.

Tue
13
Jan

OPINION - SHALE GAS- LET'S RAISE THE DEBATE, LOWER THE RHETORIC AND PROMOTE THE FACTS

By Jake Stewart MLA Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin

 

Hydraulic fracturing is not new to New Brunswick. We have had a producing natural gas industry for over ten years in our province, including the process known as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. Natural gas from the McCully Field in the Sussex area has been supplying the nearby potash operation since 2003 and has been piped to the Maritimes and Northeast pipeline since 2007.

 

Thu
08
Jan

Tory Opposition Leader Bruce Fitch concerned with timely transparency of Legislation

Bruce Fitch has expressed disappointment and concern with Premier Brian Gallant's reply to the open letter Fitch sent Premier Gallant on December 19th. In that letter Fitch reminded the Premier of his commitment to develop policy in an open, transparent and collaborative fashion.

 

Tue
06
Jan

Peter Ryan of NB Right to Life claims abortions to cost the province 3 million per year.

Open Letter by Peter Ryan, NB Right to Life

The revised regulation (84-20, Schedule 2) on Medicare funding of abortion in hospitals, and statements by the Minister of Health, raise many questions:

Wed
31
Dec

Premier releases text on Abortion changes over holidays precluding debate

Premier Gallant said there would be no text on the changes to the regulations on the Medical Services Payment Act, 84-20 Schedule 2 (a.1) on Abortion in New Brunswick.  Contrary to his previous statement of December 3, 2014 after the Throne Speech, the Liberals released CHANGED text on the eve of January 1, 2015, which is the effective date.

 

 

 

Fri
19
Dec

Government introduces moratorium on hydraulic fracturing

From left: Premier Brian Gallant and Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault.

The provincial government has introduced a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the province, following through on its commitment to New Brunswickers.

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