Tories, Liberals spar over free tuition program, NDP focus on school supports

New Brunswick Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs spent much of Tuesday preparing for next week's televised leaders' debates.

However, Tory candidate Dominic Cardy fired back at the Liberals, accusing the premier of making up statements about the Conservative's position on the Free Tuition program.

Gallant said Higgs and the Tories are against the program and would tear it up if they win the election.

Cardy said Gallant is making things up.

He said the Tories would not cancel the program, but do want to see the results.

NDP Leader Jennifer McKenzie is pledging to add 100 more professionals to New Brunswick schools if her party forms government.

She said the New Democrats would adjust classroom size to meet the specific needs of students, and add more teachers, teaching assistants, psychologists and social workers.

Campaigning in Saint John, McKenzie said her party would impose a moratorium on rural school closures until a thorough review was conducted on how best to support schools in rural New Brunswick.