2017 Budget reaction: Kris Austin PANB party leader

peoples-allianceFredericton – The People’s Alliance is once again calling on the Gallant government to stop trimming the edges and to begin addressing the real issues with our fiscal challenges. For the past 10 years, both Liberal and Conservative governments have continued to run an annual operating deficit and increased the provincial debt nearly 3 fold. This puts individuals, families and our children’s future at great risk.

The 2017-2018 operating deficit is projected to be  $231 million, with the debt climbing to $13.9 billion next month which amounts to $18,600 per New Brunswicker.  Party leader Kris Austin says this is alarming.

“Until governments get serious about ending corporate welfare, and eliminating duality, the road to balanced books will never be traveled,” said Austin. “We cannot continue to see frontline services like education and healthcare cut while corporations are given tax payer handouts left and right.”

In their 2014 audited platform, the People’s Alliance revealed how New Brunswick can save hundreds of millions of dollars annually without affecting important front line services. The party has continued to press both Liberal and Tory governments to get NB Liquor out of the costly retail division (while maintaining wholesale and distribution), merge the two health authority administrations, and stop giving tax dollars to big business. By doing so, overall fees and taxes that are placed upon the shoulders of the provinces’ citizens could be reduced and the annual deficit eliminated.


 

Kris Austin supports Official Opposition’s efforts to bring transparency to the Enbridge/Government settlement

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The leader of the People’s Alliance political party says the conflict of interest complaint against Premier Brian Gallant by the Official Opposition is welcome news, and taxpayers need answers.

Concerns were raised around the province when the government recently settled a lawsuit initiated by Enbridge, and it was discovered that the energy company’s lawyer was also hired by the Gallant government to oversee the transition of power when the Liberals took office following the 2014 provincial election. The same lawyer also was recently involved in the Liberals’ strategic program review, and was given a key role in the creation of what the Gallant government has called “priority delivery units”.

Austin says the conflict is clear. “Being so closely involved with Premier Gallant and the Liberal Government, while at the exact same time negotiating a lawsuit settlement on behalf of Enbridge against the very same government, clearly seems fishy. I welcome the Official Opposition’s conflict of interest complaint, and I will anxiously await the response from the conflict-of-interest commissioner.”

Austin also stated that given the history the Liberals have of making it difficult for Legislative Officers to investigate their ranks, he hopes the commissioner will have full ability to shed light on the matter.

Benefits of bilingualism

Update – Video of NB Premier Brian Gallant on the benefits of bilingualism – Sept 27, 2016

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Premier Brian Gallant

Premier Brian Gallant will discuss the benefits of bilingualism and how to work together to make it work in a speech to the Saint John Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Sept. 26, and to the Caraquet Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

 

Bilingualism and our diversity are benefits to our economy and social fabric. But it takes work, co-operation, and frank discussions to make it work. We have to continue to work together to figure out the best way to get things done to ensure that we provide the best quality of life for all New Brunswickers whether they are anglophones, francophones, First Nation, or a new Canadian.

Having a workforce that features two languages increases the potential for trade since the ability to offer sales and support personnel with at least two languages helps develop markets in Canada and around the world.

In addition to meeting with the chambers of commerce, Premier Gallant will also participate in several bilingualism-related announcements.

As a government, we need to do a better job of promoting the benefits to our province of bilingualism and diversity. We also need to debunk some of the myths surrounding bilingualism as well as provide more opportunity for New Brunswickers to learn a second language.

Portions of the premier’s speech will be available on Facebook Live around noon on Sept. 26 and 28.


 

TransCanada and Energy East Kissing New Brunswick Ass to get Pipeline through

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Editorial

By André Faust

The propaganda never stops, TransCanada Pipeline and Canada East have invaded social media to persuade public opinion that the pipeline is the magic bullet that is going to pull New Brunswick out of bowels of depth to a have province that will be the of the rest of Canada.

What they don’t tell you is that on average there is 3 major critical malfunctions in the pipeline per year that has cause major environmental damage, and billions of tax payers money to clean up their mess.

What they do tell you is the 100 of thousands a jobs that the construction of the pipeline will create, If those numbers are correct they are not going to be New Brunswick Jobs, that not to say that they will be a few jobs created in New Brunswick to construct the pipeline, a few contractors will stand to make good dollars in the short term, the bulk of the jobs will go to Alberta, possibly Ontario.

There will be a few jobs created at the Irving terminal, but the number of jobs are not going to be significant enough to really effect the New Brunswick Economy. At the end of the project there will be two Winners, Alberta because they will be able to get their land locked bitumen to world Market via the Irving terminal, and Irving. For the rest of us we won’t see much a change in the quality of life.

Currently the Liberal Government has already created more jobs in the province then what the pipeline could create, early indicators are that this tread is going to continue.
According to Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien, the population of Fredericton is expected to reach 100,000 by non-pipeline jobs by the year 2035. That is just Fredericton. The rest of New Brunswick is expecting to see significant population growth as well.

We are moving in the direction to depend less on getting energy from fossil fuels, which really is an inefficient use of that resource. Oil is not only used for energy but it is chemical base for many of our products as well. So let’s save our oil for our products, Oil, natural gas and so on is a finite resource that has trap the suns energy. With our current science and physics we still can’t produce artificial oil.

What taken the earth millions of years to create we can consume it in several hundred years if we keep using fossil fuel as a primary source for energy.

Currently it is either Hibernia or Sable island, it one of those two that is going to run out of natural gas in less than five years.

When they come knocking to our doors trying to bullshit us about this magic bullet, we know what finger to use to express thyself.