Opposition leader calls for minister's resignation over property assessment hikes

New Brunswick's Opposition leader wants Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty to resign after a leaked e-mail revealed Service NB invented renovations for more than 2,000 homes.

Assessments for the homes increased by more than 20 per cent because they were deemed to be renovated, so a law capping increases didn't apply.

The e-mail showed professional assessors didn't have time to check if the houses were actually renovated.

Tory leader Blaine Higgs says the minister bears the ultimate responsibility.