August 26, 2014 1:05 pm

N.B. party leaders promise new funds, jobs, legislation

The leaders of the New Brunswick Conservative, Liberal and New Democrat parties are shown (L to R): David Alward, Brian Gallant, Dominic Cardy

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FREDERICTON – The NDP and the Liberals are campaigning on protections they support for the financially vulnerable and senior citizens in New Brunswick’s election campaign Tuesday, while the Tories are talking about rural jobs.

Premier David Alward says a second-term Tory government would build on its buy-local programs by bringing in policies that help attract new farmers to the industry.

That includes modernizing land-use policy and cutting red tape.

Liberal Leader Brian Gallant is promising financial help for seniors who want to stay in their homes.

He says he would bring in a new tax credit to offset the cost of home renovations if the Liberals win the Sept. 22 election.

Seniors would be eligible for a refund of up to one-thousand dollars under the tax credit.

The NDP’s Dominic Cardy is pushing the need for new regulations on the interest rates charged by payday lenders.

Cardy supports legislation that would put a ceiling on the amount of interest payday loan companies can charge.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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