Three weeks left in N.B. election as health care, jobs remain top of mind

Politicians in New Brunswick made promises regarding labour and health care on Monday, with three weeks to go before the province heads to the polls.

Liberal Leader Brian Gallant says that if re-elected, his party will modernize New Brunswick's labour laws by partnering with the Government-Labour Steering Committee and other stakeholders to update multiple labour acts.

He also recently pledged to increase the province's minimum wage from the current $11.25 to $14 an hour by 2022.

The Tories, meanwhile, spent the long weekend campaigning on the issue of health care, promising on Monday afternoon that their government would reduce wait times by 50 per cent for hip replacements, knee replacements and gynaecological surgeries.

Party leader Blaine Higgs says the Progressive Conservatives would achieve this by recruiting more doctors, training more nurses and using technology to match patients with the right care.

Green Party leader David Coon will launch his party's economic development plank Tuesday morning.