Premier David Alward delivered the throne speech on Tuesday

The Alward government set out its fourth-year plans in the throne speech, delivered on Tuesday in Fredericton. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

Highlights from the 2014 New Brunswick throne speech:

  • Continue ongoing efforts for the responsible exploration and development of shale gas.
  • Launch an expression of interest for potash to promote other potential sites for exploration and mining of potash in New Brunswick.
  • Issue a call for proposals to create up to six New Brunswick innovation research chairs to engage with industry in key sectors of the New Brunswick economy.
  • By summer 2014, the government plans to move forward with a new drug plan to give residents access to many expensive drugs and improve prescription drug coverage for citizens.
  • Introduce legislature to make public service pensions more affordable, fair and sustainable for all public service retirees going forward.
  • Take steps to require political parties to make the cost of election promises clearer.
  • Publicly report on remuneration paid to all medical practitioners, including fee-for-service payments.
  • Starting in 2014, establish a tuition increase cap of no more than three per cent for the next three years for all public universities in the province, except St. Thomas University.
  • Introduce a redesigned student financial assistance program.
  • Introduce amendments to modernize workers compensation to strike a balance between both workers' interests and employers' interests.
  • Expand the original target of 650 post-secondary graduates hired under the One-Job Pledge initiative.
  • Provincial departments and agencies will encourage the use of local, healthy food during government-hosted meetings and events.
  • Consider a plan to establish a new centralized snowmobile trail grooming base at Mount Carleton Provincial Park to spur growth in snowmobile tourism.
  • Research development of a program to increase tourism through an all-terrain vehicle tourism product.
  • Introduce legislation to regulate the mortgage broker industry.
  • Amend unproclaimed legislation aimed at regulating payday loans and create an effective regulatory regime for payday lenders.
  • Reform legal aid so the maximum resources can be directed to clients.
  • Establish a premier's task force on the status of the artist to provide recommendations on improving the socio-economic status of professional artists.
  • Require the auditor general to report on the state of the province's finances 60 days in advance of each fixed election date in the future.