Green Party announces plan to address poverty

New Brunswick's Green Party says it has a plan to address poverty if it wins the September 24 election.

Leader David Coon says a Green government would replace inadequate social assistance rates with a basic income guarantee.

About 100,000 people in New Brunswick live below the poverty line.

Coon says the province will thrive if everyone has the means to fully participate.

Under the Green's poverty plan, the minimum wage would be increased to $15.25 per hour and then indexed to inflation.

As well, social assistance rates would be increased by 13 per cent for single people and five per cent for other recipients.