Gallant says Liberals would create 6,000 daycare spaces if elected

Brian Gallant
New Brunswick Liberal leader Brian Gallant talks with reporters near his campaign bus in Dieppe, N.B. on Aug. 21, 2014. Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick Liberal Leader Brian Gallant is promising to create 6,000 daycare spaces at a cost of $120 million over five years.

Gallant says more families would be eligible for financial help through the province’s Daycare Assistance Program by raising the maximum net income allowed, which currently stands at $41,000.

The Liberals say they would also create a registry of available daycare spaces so that parents can find care for their children more easily.

Gallant says if the Liberals win the Sept. 22 provincial election, they would also help offset the cost of infertility treatments and adoption expenses by introducing tax credits.

The Greens outlined their promises to fight poverty, saying they would raise social assistance rates by 10 per cent in 2015 and another five per cent in 2016.

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Green Leader David Coon says the party would also eliminate clawbacks from social assistance, such as the withdrawal of prescription drug benefits for people earning up to $20,000.

Premier David Alward again promoted the natural resource sector as a way of stimulating the province’s economy, saying spinoff benefits from expanding the sector will help small communities.