News

Tue
02
Dec

Tory Leader Bruce Fitch wants to see text of new abortion regulation

Bruce Fitch again called for the Liberal Government to come clean on the exact text of the changes to Regulation 84-20 that previously regulated abortions in the province.  84-20 restricted them to hospitals. Abortions before must be reviewed and approved by two Medical Doctors as medically necessary.  Repeal of this restriction allows for women to ask for an abortion on demand.

There have been concerns over the removal of this restriction that it would open the door to private clinics providing the procedure.  The Minister of Health, Victor Boudreau said to the Telegraph-Journal last week that they will remain restricted to Hospitals.

Without detailed text of the new regulation it is difficult to understand how the repeal will be implimented.

NB Right to Life Executive Director, Peter Ryan, stated that this repeal to allow abortion on demand will kill 2000 more children in the province.

Tue
02
Dec

Tory Leader Bruce Fitch calls out Minister over breach in confidentiality

Speaking to reporters today at the New Brunswick Legislature, Tory leader, Bruce Fitch was upset that Minister of Energy, Donald Arsenault, made public comments of surprise and concern about Saint John Mayor Mel Norton insterest in starting a discussion on the treatment of fracking wastewater in the City.  Fitch was calling out the Minister for breach in protocol while the Premier was out of Province on a trip to the Francophonie Summit in Senegal.

Mayor Norton met with the government privately over the Economic Development plans for his region in Fredericton last Wednesday,  "In the spirit of co-operation I extended the offer to start the discussion on how Saint John can play a role in overcoming the barriers to moving this industry forward in an environmentally safe manner." he explained.  

Fri
28
Nov

Air quality approval renewed for AV Cell Inc. Atholville Pulp Mill

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government will issue a new Class 1 air quality approval for the AV Cell Inc. Atholville Pulp Mill.

The company's current approval expires on Dec. 31, 2014, with the new approval taking effect on Jan. 1, 2015. The approval follows a public consultation process that included a 120-day public review that ran from June 26 to Oct. 27.

Fri
28
Nov

Premier Gallant joined Prime Minister Harper and the Premier of Quebec at the 15th Francophonie Summit in Senegal

Premier Brian Gallant is participating in the 15th Francophonie Summit, being held from Nov. 28 to 30 in Dakar, Senegal. Gallant met with the New Brunswick delegation at the Village de la Francophonie. From left: Ndiémé Ndiaye; Marc-André LeBlanc; Danis Michaud; Roberto Gauvin; Gallant; Sophie Lacroix; and Biram Ndiaye.

FREDERICTON (GNB) – A project to develop environmental awareness led by the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick was inaugurated in conjunction with the 15th Francophonie Summit, taking place from Nov. 28 to 30 in Dakar, Senegal.

Thu
27
Nov

Commentary: Liberals are confused once again

By Pierre Little
 
The Telegraph-Journal is reporting tonight that there is a new rule that family doctors will not be allowed to refuse a patients demand for an abortion and must provide a referral if they refuse on conscientious or religious grounds.
 
The repeal will have extreme consequences for any physician in the province and it's beginning to looks like the former McKenna government's medically needed requirement was an astute and balanced approach to the problem.
 
Even with all the accolades from feminist groups, Pro-abortion advocates have not been given what they have asked for.  Their wish was for private on demand abortion clinic Medicare funding. So the recent change in policy is a hollow victory.
 
Thu
27
Nov

Minister Boudreau does damage control on changes to abortion on demand access

CBC reported tonight that Minister Victor Boudreau is ruling out specifically private clinics in performing abortions.
 
NB Free Press is reporting the provision in question is 84-20 Schedule 2 (a.1) which if repealed will allow private clinics. NB Free Press is still trying to get a firm answer on the exact text of the new provision to replace (a.1). Until Minister of Health Victor Boudreau provides the text of their legislative change a repeal means (a.1) is deleted, allowing private clinics.
 
We have reached out to the Minister's office, but no response yet.
 
 
Wed
26
Nov

Premier Gallant moves to allow more taxpayer abortions on demand, private clinics will likely result

PHOTO CREDIT: NEIL BROMHALL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY USED UNDER LICENSE, COPYRIGHT SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LTD.
 
Tue
25
Nov

Meeting with Quebec premier

QUEBEC CITY (GNB) – Premier Brian Gallant and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard discussed the need for economic growth in their respective provinces, job creation opportunities, the Energy East pipeline, the upcoming Francophonie Summit and other common issues during a meeting today.

“It was an excellent first meeting,” said Gallant. “We share the same priorities of job creation and addressing our respective fiscal imbalance.”

During the meeting, Gallant reinforced the importance of the Energy East pipeline project and the benefits it could bring.

Mon
24
Nov

Premier Gallant met with Ontario premier

TORONTO (GNB) - ‎Premier Brian Gallant met today with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to discuss issues of infrastructure renewal, addressing the fiscal imbalance and the need for an energy strategy.

"We had a great meeting,” said Gallant. “We discussed and agreed on the need for infrastructure renewal in both our provinces and across Canada as a whole.”

The premiers also discussed the fiscal imbalance between the federal government and the provinces and the need for the federal government to play a larger role when it comes to funding for healthcare.

Sat
22
Nov

SHUFFLING THE DECK CHAIRS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

By Kevin Lacey
 
Here we go again with another shuffle of government-led economic development in New Brunswick.
 
Premier Brian Gallant’s new government announced it will follow through on an election promise to kill Invest NB – an economic development agency that the Tories created three years ago. In its place, the government will set up a brand new crown corporation called Opportunities New Brunswick along with a new internal government committee known as the New Brunswick Job Board.
 
This is not the first time a new government has come in and moved around the pieces of economic development to come up with a new magic formula for creating jobs. Given what the Liberals have said so far, it’s not apparent what is different about this agency and why we should expect any different result.
 

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