UPDATED: Liberals target youth, Greens pledge better local food, NDP on economics – New Brunswick

On 24/09/2018 by admin

MONCTON – New Brunswick’s Liberal leader says he would introduce a youth employment fund in hopes of stopping the flow of young people from the East to the West if his party is elected next month.

Brian Gallant says the fund would provide six-month placements including training and work experience for unemployed people between the ages of 18 and 29.

He says the program, modeled after a similar fund in Ontario, would ultimately give young people the skills they need to find full-time jobs in the province.

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Gallant says a Liberal government would subsidize 1,500 placements a year at a cost of $7,800 per placement.

Elsewhere, the Green Party released its new Local Food Security Act, which included setting targets for the province to rely on more locally produced food.

The party also wants to engage schools, hospitals, seniors’ homes, Crown agencies and government offices to help build a provincial food economy.

The act would also improve local food labelling to help consumers easily identify food produced and processed in New Brunswick.

NDP leader Dominic Cardy was in front of a Saint John business group Thursday, unveiling his economic development vision.

Cardy said if elected, he’d close the department of economic development and merge ‘what worked’ under the department of finance.

He also promised to increase the New Brunswick Investment Tax Credit cap to $500,000, making it the highest on the eastern seaboard.

With files from Laura Brown, Global News

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