Justin Trudeau responds to Brian Gallant's letter
Liberal leader raises importance of energy east pipeline, says more federal government jobs needed in NB
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has responded to a letter from Premier Brian Gallant, pledging to move resources to market responsibly and bring more federal government jobs to the province.
Gallant sent a letter to his federal liberal counterpart, as well as the three other federal party leaders, in June, highlighting the challenges for New Brunswickers.
So far, Trudeau has been the only leader to respond.
Trudeau said "the Liberal government will work to open up markets abroad for Canadian resources, and get those resources to market in a responsible way.
"The Energy East Pipeline could be an important part of that solution, but only if it is done in a responsible manner that addresses environmental, First Nations', and local concerns," Trudeau said.
Trudeau was criticized by conservative leader Stephen Harper in the first televised leaders debate of the election for wavering on the pipeline issue and pandering to certain regions across the country.
Trudeau maintains he has been consistent on the issue. NDP leader Tom Mulcair has also come under fire for shifting his position on energy east.
Other liberal promises
The liberal leader's letter also said he would commit to more federal government jobs in New Brunswick.
"I believe New Brunswick has great potential for participation in the federal workforce." Trudeau said.
He cites the success of the public service pension centre in Shediac and said regional fairness must be considered in federal decision-making.
The liberal leader did not explain in what capacity he would increase federal government jobs in the province.
Trudeau also said he would help restore the Petitcodiac River by doubling federal infrastructure over the next decade.
Other Trudeau promises include reversing EI changes made by the conservative government, appointing more New Brunswickers to federally-appointed boards and commissions, and calling a federal-provincial meeting to reach a long-term agreement on health care.
On senior care, the liberal leader said he would introduce a more flexible employment insurance compassionate care benefit so that Canadians can provide the needed care to seriously ill family members.