FREDERICTON – The Canadian Union of Pubic Employees is concerned with the path chosen by the New Brunswick Government to reduce its main source of revenues.
“If the Government keeps reducing the taxes, how are we going to maintain the level of services for New Brunswickers”, said Daniel Légère, President of CUPE NB.
“We have already seen the effects of these cuts in the health sector where the government reduced the services to some rural areas by closing hospitals and reducing the number of beds.”
“We are also concerned that the Government has chosen to rely on the private sector to provide childcare services in this province. We believe that childcare should be an integral part of the Government’s Quality Learning Agenda. All New Brunswickers should have access to public childcare,” said Légère.
“Another sector where the government is giving its responsibility to the private sector is Home Support Services. We are pleased with the government increase of 3.9% to the budget for the Home Support Services, but if the government is really committed to the wellbeing of our seniors, this home service should be a public service.”
The provincial government is continuing its policy of not providing a proper share of taxation to the municipalities. The increase in unconditional grants to municipalities is symbolic, and will not help the municipalities with the challenges they are facing.
“We are very concerned that the budget of the Department of Transportation for winter and summer maintenance is frozen when the amount being paid to Maritime Road Development Corporation is increasing substantially,” concluded Légère.
For more information:
Daniel Légère, CUPE NB President – (506) 869-0424