New Brunswick Liberals one step closer to acclaiming Kevin Vickers as party leader

New Brunswick’s Liberal party has confirmed Kevin Vickers is the lone candidate for its leadership, setting the stage for his acclamation. The party’s leadership steering committee says it decided late Wednesday to recommend to the party’s board that the former House of Commons sergeant-at-arms be appointed leader. The board will make a decision next Tuesday evening. The steering committee says […]

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Ontario, NB, Saskatchewan premiers travel to Washington for trade talks

TORONTO – Ontario Premier Doug Ford heads to Washington, D.C., today to attend a National Governors Association meeting, along with the premiers of New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. Ford’s office says that while in Washington, Ford will connect with key trade partners, including his governor counterparts. In a statement, Ford says the Ontario-U.S. partnership is “one of the greatest in the […]

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New N.B. government dramatically scales back capital spending

New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservative government has tabled a $600-million capital budget that dramatically turns away from the big spending of the previous Liberal government. Finance Minister Ernie Steeves says hard decisions are needed now about what government can afford if the province is to return to balanced budgets by 2020 or sooner. The previous Liberal government tabled an $815.3 million […]

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Cities of New Brunswick calls WorkSafeNB rate increase ‘staggering’

An organization representing eight of the largest municipalities in New Brunswick has slammed the recently announced rate increase for WorkSafeNB premiums. The Cities of New Brunswick Association says the increase — which saw premiums jump from $1.70 per $100 of payroll in 2018 to $2.92 per $100 of payroll in 2019, is “staggering.” It’s the third year in a row […]

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Former premier Gallant yet to decide on future as Tory government is sworn in

A new Progressive Conservative government will be sworn-in today in New Brunswick, leaving former premier Brian Gallant to decide if he’ll stay on as the Liberal Opposition leader. Gallant’s minority government was toppled last week in a confidence vote on the throne speech, and he says he hasn’t decided on his future. READ: New Brunswick’s Liberal government falls after losing confidence […]

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Incoming N.B. premier says he will treat taxpayers like customers

Blaine Higgs, who will take the oath of office Friday to become the 34th premier of New Brunswick, says his government will act more like a service organization – and treat taxpayers like customers. The Progressive Conservative leader will lead a minority government as the province faces challenges around language rights, finances and health care. Higgs says he wants to […]

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