N.B. Liberals, Conservatives tout education plans as classes resume

MONCTON – New Brunswick’s Liberals and Progressive Conservatives are promising to improve the education system in the province, while the New Democrats say they’ll work to reduce poverty.

Liberal Leader Brian Gallant says he would invite other political parties, teachers, parents and students to develop a 10-year plan to improve education.

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Gallant says the plan would focus on a number of issues, including improving literacy, reducing bullying and ensuring students are exposed to the trades.

Progressive Conservative Premier David Alward says the education system needs long-term direction that’s focused on students without having politicians making day-to-day decisions that affect the classroom.

Alward says his government would work with educators, academics, parents and the business community if re-elected on Sept. 22.

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New Democrat Leader Dominic Cardy announced his party would develop a poverty reduction strategy if elected.

He says the plan would address affordable housing, expand the role of the Ombudsman and develop a provincial transportation plan for people with disabilities.

Cardy says reducing poverty will offer a better life for New Brunswick families and, in particular, their children.