[MONCTON, NB] - New Brunswick's Liberal leader released a platform Monday loaded with expenditures but questions arose over how his party would sustain that kind of spending.
The document largely consists of promises Brian Gallant has already made over the first half of the election campaign, such as expanding daycare, hiring more doctors and raising the minimum wage.
Central to the platform is a previously announced proposal to spend $900 million on infrastructure over six years, a measure Gallant says will help create 10,000 jobs during a Liberal mandate.
"That's the basement, that's the guarantee," Gallant told a news conference in Moncton where he released the platform. "On top of that, we could create a lot more if our economic development agencies work the way that we think they are going to be able to."
Gallant said a Liberal government would increase taxes for the richest one per cent of New Brunswickers, rescind property tax breaks for businesses and look for other ways to generate the money needed to support his promises.
Other commitments in the Liberal platform include grants to seniors to renovate their homes, free eye exams for four-year-olds and a $111.4-million surplus by the 2020-21 fiscal year.
The platform says the commitments won't come without some fiscal pressure. A chart in the fiscal plan says more than $1.3 billion would be added to the province's $12.2 net debt by 2019-20 — something deputy premier Paul Robichaud latched onto.
"This is the first time in my political career…
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