August 29, 2014 10:54 am
Updated: September 15, 2014 11:05 am

Tories promise training centres, jobs; Liberals, Greens talk local food

New Brunswick Premier David Alward speaks to reporters after his meeting with Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas in Fredericton on Aug. 18, 2014.

Keith Minchin/The Canadian Press

RIVIERE-VERTE, N.B. – Premier David Alward is promising to establish an oil, gas and mining training centre in anticipation of major energy projects on the horizon.

Alward says the Progressive Conservatives would spend $5.5 million to create the facility to give New Brunswickers the skills they’ll need to fill the jobs expected to come from developments such as the Energy East Pipeline.

Liberal Leader Brian Gallant says his party would develop a local food and beverage strategy with input from the agriculture industry if elected in the Sept. 22 provincial election.

Gallant says helping local producers tap into new markets would support sustainable development, create jobs and strengthen the relationship between rural and urban areas.

Green Leader David Coon has also said the province needs to shift towards local food self-reliance and promised Thursday to introduce a labelling program that would allow consumers to easily identify food produced and processed in New Brunswick.

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