Robert Jones

Reporter

Robert Jones has been a reporter and producer with CBC New Brunswick since 1990. His investigative reports on petroleum pricing in New Brunswick won several regional and national awards and led to the adoption of price regulation in 2006.

Latest from Robert Jones

New Brunswick tax deals, credits cost $1.5B in revenue, province reveals in surprise disclosure

In an unprecedented release of financial information Wednesday, the New Brunswick government posted an accounting of the cost of 53 provincial "tax expenditures" — some decades old — that cost the province an estimated $1.5 billion a year in forgone revenue.

Future uncertain for program behind NB Liquor bonus fiasco

A controversial bonus program for employees at NB Liquor that suffered an embarrassing malfunction last year following a series of management errors may be in jeopardy.

$5,000 cash donation to PCs in 2018 came from bankrupt cannabis retailer, wife

A former grey market cannabis retailer who left behind a trail of unpaid bills, including taxes owed to the province, is declining to talk about substantial political donations he and his spouse made to the New Brunswick Progressive Conservative Party in 2018 and again in 2019.

Cannabis NB still losing money, despite Q2 sales growth

Legal cannabis sales in New Brunswick showed some improvement over the summer, but Cannabis NB continues to lose money.

Chief electoral officer drops financial hammer on delinquent Liberals, Greens

New Brunswick's chief electoral officer has begun turning financial screws on the provincial Liberal and Green parties for broadly missing the deadline to disclose their donation and expense information to the public from last year's election.

4 cases before Shephard murder-trial judge were reversed in last year

The judge who fumbled the trial of Marissa Shephard causing the guilty verdict against her to be thrown out is no stranger to having his judgments fail at New Brunswick's Court of Appeal — with four prominent cases being reversed in the last year alone.

Millions at stake for municipalities as province puts property tax reform on table

Michel Soucy is far removed from Saint John's budget crisis, but the mayor of Atholville has been paying attention to solutions being discussed for the city because one in particular could fix some of his own village's problems.

Lawyers spar over who foots the bill for Saint John Harbour vote challenge

Legal bills for parties involved in the contested election of Liberal MLA Gerry Lowe are approaching a combined $400,000, and much of that amount should be paid by defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Barry Ogden, Lowe's lawyer argued in court Friday.

Former NB Liquor head defends actions in bonus blunder

The former president of NB Liquor is defending his decision to authorize the payment of nearly $600,000 in extra bonuses to employees last year after the discovery the Crown corporation had been using the wrong fiscal year end.

Bonus fiasco at NB Liquor cost nearly $640K, comptroller finds

Sloppy accounting, poor management and unilateral decisions by a former chief executive led to inflated employee bonuses at NB Liquor of $638,700 in 2018, the provincial Office of the Comptroller has found.

Stand up for equalization in face of mounting criticism, says prof

On Monday, People's Party of Canada head Maxime Bernier called for a "less generous' equalization program during the federal leaders’ debate, a position that has been gaining traction in western Canada in recent months.

Irving Oil, province not divulging size of refinery's carbon bill

Federally imposed carbon pricing on NB Power will eventually add slightly more than four per cent to electricity bills in the province, but the effect of the policy on New Brunswick's other major emitter — Irving Oil Ltd. — remains a mystery.

NB Power seeks 2% rate bump, hoping to avoid steep carbon taxes

NB Power has filed an early application for a two per cent increase for all customers in its rates for next April 1, hoping  whoever wins this month's federal election will allow the utility to escape stiff carbon-pricing penalties.

Plummeting tobacco sales sign of black market growth, says coalition

A steep and puzzling drop in legal tobacco sales in New Brunswick is raising questions about whether the government of Blaine Higgs may have been too hasty in disbanding a law enforcement group dedicated to catching illegal sellers.

Immigration boosts New Brunswick population to record level

New Brunswick population growth is back from the dead and gaining strength, and the province's Progressive Conservative government is giving federal Liberals some of the credit.