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Federal Carbon Tax strikes the pocketbooks of New Brunswickers at the pumps April 1

By Pierre Little





Astroturf aka "Fake News" published by

December 14, 2019

By Pierre Little


Premier Higgs and the Tories table their 2019-20 Capital Budget

Photo: Premier Blaine Higgs at the Economic Forum of the Americas. "Frank provided me with good advice and is certainly as passionate about the finances of NB as he was when premier. We certainly see eye to eye on many challenges facing our provinces.", Premier Higgs says.

Adapted from Press Release - The provincial government has tabled a $600.6-million capital budget for 2019-20 that aims to maintain infrastructure, restore balance to government finances and manage the province's debt.

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Brian Gallant Liberals and the Reign of T (error)

By Doug Harrison @DonkeyPurple

New Brunswick’s former Premier, Liberal leader Brian Gallant has informed his caucus of his intention to step down from the Party’s top job.

He will make the formal announcement later this morning but will remain at the helm until the Party selects a new leader.

Therein lies the fly in the ointment.

Should the precarious PC minority cobbled together by Blaine Higgs fall, the Liberals could find themselves going into another Election campaign with Gallant as the face of the Party.

That would be a huge mistake

The recent election saw the Liberal Party almost wiped off the map in southern ridings and Gallant’s leadership style was largely the reason.

It would be foolhardy for them to assume all is forgiven and follow their severely damaged Leader to the polls when the wounds from his reign of (t)error are still open and not likely to heal soon.


Tory Leader Blaine Higgs claims victory in New Brunswick's provincial election

Tory leader Blaine Higgs claimed victory tonight with a minority government after waiting for the polls to all officially report which made for a long night.  Once all the votes were officially counted, Elections NB results were, 22 PCs, 21 Liberals, 3 Greens, and 3 People's Alliance.


Land in New Brunswick Returned to Peskotomuhkati Tribe

The Peskotomuhkati tribe, based in Qonaskamkuk, or St. Andrews, New Brunswick, has received 2,500 acres along the Skutik, or St. Croix, River on behalf of the provincial government, reports Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. The act is an example of the effort between the two nations to work collaboratively to renew their relationship based on recognition, rights, respect, co-operation and partnership, which is recognized as key to achieving reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada.
The land acquired includes Camp Chiputneticook, a 2,500-acre property in New Brunswick along the Skutik River, which is of cultural significance to the Nation. The Government of Canada provided the funding for the acquisition. The Nation has acquired the land and buildings from the Orser family, who have used it as their summer home for more than a century.
Along with the land comes a collection of artifacts of cultural significance for the Nation.

New Brunswick not listed as exempt from Tariffs.

A source has confirmed to the Brunswick Business Journal that New Brunswick is specifically targeted for tarrifs on Softwood Lumber.  The use by the American Department of Commerce of "Atlantic Provinces" indicates some ingorance in its definition. The term generally includes New Brunswick from the understanding of Canadian readers.

Use of the term Atlantic Provinces remains unclear in the official press release. 


Property Tax Scandal - Higgs says Gallant directly lied to public to conceal his role

Since early March, Premier Brian Gallant has been trying to explain why Service New Brunswick Property Tax bills had frabricated renovation amounts on 2400 home owner bills.  This action created an artifice for the government to bypase the Property Spike protection law.  This spike protection was implemented by the previous PC government to cap any spikes in assessments by 10% in any given year.


Government hopes to encourage more immigration from China







Book of Condolence to people of France at NB Legislature

Opposition Leader Bruce Fitch signs the book of condolence to the people of France. The book is located in the lobby of the legislature building and the public are welcome to visit and add their messages of sympathy and support.