August 25, 2014 12:40 pm

Gallant, Alward focus on job creation in New Brunswick

New Brunswick Liberal Leader Brian Gallant, centre right, and Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speak with the media in Moncton on Aug. 23, 2014.

Marc Grandmaison/The Canadian Press

MONCTON – New Brunswick Liberal Leader Brian Gallant is promising to create jobs through an infrastructure fund while Premier David Alward says he would boost employment at the province’s ports.

Brian Gallant says he would spend $900 million over six years to improve roads, bridges and other pieces of infrastructure.

Gallant says that would sustain about 1,700 jobs annually based on a study done for the party by Jupia Consultants.

The Liberals say the spending would be above the base budget for infrastructure spending.

Premier David Alward says he would come up with a strategy in consultation with ports aimed at boosting the number of jobs in the shipping industry.

Green Leader David Coon released his party’s position on job creation, saying investments should be made in businesses that support local food, energy efficiency and sustainability.

The New Democrats say they would establish a human health and environmental protection agency and create a chief provincial scientist.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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