Election platform: Expand social programs, restore public services and tax the rich

Written by Bruce Wark on February 26, 2018

Geoff Martin and Lyne Chantal Boudreau holding copies of their groups’ election platform for a more equal New Brunswick. Photo by Bruce Wark.

A group of New Brunswick unions and community organizations has issued a “progressive” platform for the provincial election scheduled for September 24th.

The platform, released today in Moncton, calls on political parties to promise increased spending on social programs and public services while raising taxes on corporations and the rich.

“It is time to shift the balance back to government policies that express New Brunswickers’ desire to care for each other and live in a fair society,” said Geoff Martin, a part-time Mount Allison political science professor who also works for the university’s faculty union. The Federation of New Brunswick Faculty Associations is one of the union groups backing the new platform.

Speaking in French, Lyne Chantal Boudreau, President of Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick, an organization that advocates for francophone women, said that instead of cutting or privatizing such public services as child care and home care, politicians should be promising to improve them while adding new services and social programs.

Read the rest of the story on The New Wark Times, where this article was originally published. 

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