Liberals want to double youth employment fund

Liberal Leader Brian Gallant says if his government is re-elected, he will double the investment in the Youth Employment Fund from $10 million to $21.7 million per year over four years.

Gallant made the announcement during a campaign stop in Oromocto with Liberal candidate John Fife.

The fund, created in 2015 allows young New Brunswickers to get job experience in their home province. A job placement is provided for 26 weeks along with funding to subsidize 100 per cent of the minimum wage for 30 hours a week.

After the placement is completed, the goal is the participant will get a permanent job in the province.

"Experiential learning opportunities, such as internships and job placements, are such a crucial aspect of the education we offer our youth," said Gallant.

Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs focused on rural pursuits Saturday in Riverside-Albert. In a news release, he pledged to "implement a science-based wildlife management program for a wild turkey hunt."

He also said his government will consider bundling hunting and fishing licenses together, and possibly offering seniors a discount on the fees for the licenses, and he'll make changes to the moose hunting lottery.

Higgs says hunting and fishing are cherished pastimes for many New Brunswickers, and they want to make it easier for them to participate. 

Green Party leader David Coon spent the day in the Kent North riding with local candidate Kevin Arseneau,  touring a small business in Saint-Charles before making a stop at the Upriver Farmers Market in Weldford. After that, they participated in the Elsipogtog powwow, where Coon carried a flag in the Grand Entry.

Coon said in a release on social media that a Green government would fully implement the Calls to Action of the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission.