August 21, 2014 9:34 am

Provincial election campaign kicks off in New Brunswick

FREDERICTON – The campaign for the Sept. 22 provincial election in New Brunswick is officially underway.

The campaign bus for the governing Progressive Conservatives hit the road in Penobsquis, near Sussex, Thursday morning as Premier David Alward launched his party’s campaign.

Liberal Leader Brian Gallant began his day in Dieppe, while the Green and New Democrat leaders launch their campaigns in Fredericton.

All the party leaders say jobs and the economy are the main issues for the election.

Political scientist Don Desserud says voters are getting tired of a two-party system in the province and instead are looking for someone to emerge as a leader to demonstrate they can govern.

New Brunswick has a projected deficit of $387 million this year, while the province’s jobless rate sat at 10 per cent in July.

The Conservatives say they can produce a budget surplus in three years, while the Liberals say it would take them six years.

The New Brunswick Legislature at dissolution

New Brunswick Election

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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