FREDERICTON (GNB) – Premier Brian Gallant said the fourth session of the legislative assembly will build on the positive momentum of the past three years of a government that is listening to the concerns of New Brunswickers and getting things done to grow the economy, strengthen education and improve health care.

“During this session of the legislature, we will work hard to continue the economic growth we have seen over the last three years, as well as invest strategically to strengthen education and health care in our province,” said Gallant.

During the fourth session of the 58th legislative assembly, which begins on Tuesday, Oct. 24, the government will focus on:

Strengthening the economy

  • Further reduce the small business income tax rate to drive growth, allowing entrepreneurs to invest in their businesses and create jobs.
  • Establish a carbon price model that minimizes the impact on consumers, calls on large industry to reduce emissions or pay its fair share, and establishes a fund with dedicated investments to combat the effects of climate change.

Increasing transparency

  • Create appropriate spending and donation limits for municipal elections, and also ensure public disclosure.
  • Strengthen election commitment costing legislation to improve accountability and transparency in the democratic process.
  • Formalize the salary freeze of members of the legislative assembly and continue to suspend salary increases until April 1st of the first fiscal year in which the government reports a surplus.

Enhancing education

  • Further invest in initiatives to improve literacy rates in New Brunswick.
  • Improve the accessibility and affordability of child care.
  • Invest in educational infrastructure, including restoring trades in schools.

Supporting families and improving health care

  • Support the federal government’s legalization of cannabis while ensuring public safety by keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth and getting the proceeds out of the hands of criminals.
  • Implement initiatives aimed at preventing intimate partner violence.
  • Reform the property tax system to ensure fairness and transparency for New Brunswickers.
  • Invest in initiatives to provide better mental health outcomes, improve wellness and health, and reduce poverty.