NB Tories question government's decision to source road salt from outside province

Opposition Tories say 100 New Brunswickers will lose their jobs thanks the provincial government's decision to source road salt from Nova Scotia and Quebec.

In a media release on Tuesday, April 11th the Progressive conservatives question Transportation Minister Bill Fraser's comments to media that the province would bring in salt from outside the province because it's no longer being mined here.

Hampton MLA Gary Crossman says a mine in the Susssex area as been mining, and providing New Brunswick salt for more than twenty years while Sussex-Fundy-St-Martin's MLA Bruce Northrup says the official word from PotashCorp is that a decision has not yet been made as to whether they will mine salt.

Crossman says those impacted by the government's decision want to know if present providers were given extra points to bid on the contract, if the move will cost taxpayers more when lost royalties, income & other taxes are taken into account.

Bill Oliver, MLA for Kings Centre, says the job losses in southern New Brunswick ridings will further harm that region's already fragile economy.

The Tories say they'll question the Premier on the matter when the Legislature resumes on April 25th.