FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement was released today by Health Minister Benoît Bourque:

On November 20, 2017, the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, ordered the Province of New Brunswick and Ambulance New Brunswick to take the necessary measures to meet the obligations under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and under the New Brunswick Official Languages Act, to ensure that all citizens of both linguistic communities have access to an ambulance service of equal quality, in the language of their choice.

Compliance with the ruling of the adjudicator would not, in our opinion, meet the requirements set out in the 2017 court order. We therefore feel compelled to seek judicial review of the ruling of the adjudicator in order to clarify how to proceed with these conflicting directives.

As this matter will be before the courts, the government will have no further comment.