News from the New Brunswick campaign trail
A political observer says Tory Leader Blaine Higgs claim he was offered the job of finance minister by the Liberals in 2014 was a desperate attempt to secure a win.
Donald Wright, a political scientist at UNB, says it was a Hail Mary pass that captured the headlines, but may have hurt both the Liberals and Tories.
Premier Brian Gallant refuted the claim, saying while he met with Higgs to talk about the province's finances, no job offer was made.
Some of the other party leaders said the debate may have helped people compare them to the old mainline parties.
Tory Leader Blaine Higgs is promising improved access to ambulance service if his party wins the provincial election.
Campaigning in Minto, Higgs said a Tory government would ensure ambulances are not taken off the roads due to language-related staffing issues.
He says his government would hire staff for their skills and train for language.
Higgs says they would also examine barriers affecting paramedic recruitment in the province.
New Brunswick's Liberal leader made a flurry of announcements Thursday, including a promise to ban disposable plastic shopping bags.
Brian Gallant says he would encourage the development of a new agricultural hemp industry to replace the bags.
Gallant also announced plans to boost internet speeds in rural areas.
As well, Gallant says a re-elected Liberal government would extend its Tourism Growth Strategy by two years and add another $25 million to the overall spending on the program.
New Brunswick's Green leader is pledging to help ease the debts of university and college students if his party forms the next government on Sept. 24.
David Coon says New Brunswick graduates carry student debts that are 50 per cent higher than the national average.
He says his party has committed to the long-term goal of universal, free tuition in the province's post-secondary institutions.
Coon says they would also eliminate interest on provincial student loans and reinstate the tuition rebate program for recent graduates.
Advance polling for the Sept. 24 general election will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15 and on Monday, Sept. 17.
Polls will be open both days from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Chief Electoral Officer Kim Poffenroth says voters are encouraged to bring the voter information cards they received in the mail to speed up the process.