New Brunswick Votes Sept 24


Stark divide on language issues, Vote Compass data suggests

New Brunswickers — especially anglophone residents — want the number of government jobs that require both English and French to drop, according to more than 10,700 responses to a recent survey.

Flood could sway election for voters in Fredericton-Grand Lake

For the one-in-four residents of the Fredericton-Grand Lake riding residents affected by spring flooding, it's a top-of-mind issue when deciding who to vote for by Sept. 24.

Green Party hopes to cultivate Kent North, stronghold for the Liberals in last 2 elections

The Green Party is hoping to secure the riding of Kent North which the Liberals won in 2010 and 2014.

Paramedics shadow Liberal leader to protest staff shortages across the province

A New Brunswick paramedic union leader is following Liberal Leader Brian Gallant on the campaign trail hoping to bring attention to workplace issues in the final days of the election.

Former MP's plea on election financing charges postponed again

A court appearance by former Conservative MP Mike Allen for a plea on alleged election-financing law violations has been postponed again.

Why to keep an eye on the school nutrition policy in an election

Health experts are concerned of possible changes coming to a new school policy that was recently implemented in New Brunswick schools.

Progressive Conservative carbon tax impact exaggerated, says expert

A leading expert on carbon taxes says New Brunswick's Progressive Conservatives may have dramatically exaggerated the impact of the tax on the province's families.

Election Day 28: Announcements focus on students, fishermen and workers

As the 2018 election campaign nears an end, leaders of the Liberal, Progressive Conservative and New Democrat parties all made platform announcements Wednesday.

Centennial Bridge tender cancelled but no reason given

The latest tender for work that is part of the multi-year, $100-million rehabilitation project on Miramichi's Centennial Bridge has been cancelled and no one is saying why.
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Gallant Liberals play spouse card on campaign trail

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Tories take page out of People's Alliance playbook with used auto HST pledge

Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs promised Tuesday to create fairer taxation for used vehicles and an easier registration process — a pledge not unlike a years-old People's Alliance platform plank.

'Fredercton': People's Alliance fixes spelling mistake on signs in capital city

People's Alliance candidate for Fredericton South, Bonnie Clark, posted at least 38 signs that misspelled the name of New Brunswick's capital city.

Health care dominates leaders' forum on women's equality

The forum was hosted by the New Brunswick Women’s Council at the Wu Centre in Fredericton and featured the leaders of all five major political parties in the province.

Tight race, big base: A look at Oromocto-Lincoln-Fredericton

Retired army colonel, realtor, software developer, police officer and graphic designer in the running to represent riding held for five terms by PC MLA Jody Carr.

2 veterans hoping to make political comeback in Edmundston ridings

​Voters in Edmundston are split between two provincial ridings, but no matter which side of the electoral boundary they're on, they're watching a veteran politician attempting a comeback.

People's Alliance supports resource development, but promises opt-out referendum

The leader of the People's Alliance says his party supports responsible resource development in New Brunswick, but will not force it upon all communities.

Elections NB hopes to avoid repeat of 2014 vote tabulator debacle

Four years ago New Brunswick voters were assured that new tabulation machines would mean faster results on election night. Needless to say, things didn't go as planned.

PC candidate 'confident' Higgs, Tories will repeal Liberal judge transfer law

Progressive Conservative candidate Ted Flemming says he's confident a PC government will repeal a controversial Liberal law on moving judges — even though Flemming's leader has refused to commit to such a repeal.

Green Party proposes tax on sugar-sweetened beverages

Green Party Leader David Coon promises, if elected, to implement a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.
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Old issues slide back on campaign radar a week from election day

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Economists urge parties, voters to live within means

Economists say the main parties in the New Brunswick provincial election have largely ignored some of the big issues that are key to the province's long-term future and voters should carefully consider the costs of campaign promises.

More than 60,000 New Brunswickers vote early in advance polls

The number of people casting an early ballot in the provincial election is tracking to be close to the 2014 advance polls, which set an all-time record in New Brunswick, according to figures from Elections New Brunswick.

New Brunswick auto insurers seek largest rate hikes in 16 years

A group of New Brunswick's largest auto insurance companies are applying for the steepest rate hikes in 16 years.

Election Day 26: senior care investments and poverty reduction promises

With just one week until voters cast their ballots, the New Brunswick Liberals are promising to invest in senior care, while the NDP are pledging to lift New Brunswickers out of poverty.

How herbicide spraying in N.B. became an election issue

Stop Spraying New Brunswick group has registered as a third party in the provincial election. Doing so brought permission to put up billboards — an important step to publicizing their concerns about herbicide spraying.

School closures a hot topic in Moncton South election campaign

Progressive Conservative candidate Moira Murphy and Liberal candidate Cathy Rogers have made school closures, and where a new school might be built, a hot-button campaign issue.

PC election promises would cost $188M over 4 years, says Blaine Higgs

The PCs are pledging to balance the budget within two years without making cuts to the health or education departments, not eliminating any public sector jobs and without imposing a carbon tax.

Election Day 25: covered bridges and canvassing

As the election heads into its final week, most leaders focus on canvassing while PC Leader Blaine Higgs says his platform includes protection for covered bridges.