July 26, 2018 2:50 pm
Updated: July 26, 2018 5:19 pm

Wyndham Hotels announces more than 100 new jobs in Saint John and N.B. Liberals say more on the way

WATCH: The Liberal government says hundreds of jobs will be announced in the city over the next week. As Andrew Cromwell reports, the announcements are coming less than two months before a provincial election in a part of the province where Liberal MLAs are in the minority.

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New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant was in town to bring good economic news to Saint John on Thursday.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, which already employs more than 600 people at its port city facility, will be adding 109 more over the next three years.

The company has already started the hiring process for positions covering various aspects of the company.

It will also soon begin construction on a multi-million dollar, 1,600 square foot expansion of it’s current space.

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The province’s involvement, as is the case with most of its jobs announcements, comes in the form of conditional payroll rebates back to the company through Opportunities New Brunswick.

In this case, a potential $575,000 investment it says would generate $770,000 in provincial income taxes.

Wyndham says the government support doesn’t hurt. “It’s like baking a cake,” said Wyndham Global Contact Centers Senior Vice-President Kevin Dunne.”It’s an important ingredient in that cake. “clearly in order to make a successful cake, it’s one of the ingredients”.

There a good chance Gallant will be in Saint John at more of these types of announcements.

The Liberal government says a total of 200 new jobs are expected to be announced in the city within the next week.

With New Brunswickers heading to the polls in less than two months, the premier didn’t shy away from Saint John’s importance on the political and electoral scale.

“There’s no doubt Saint John is an important and vital piece for our plans to do everything we can to gain the confidence of New Brunswickers,” Gallant said.

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The Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick heavily outnumbers Liberal MLA’s in the Greater Saint John area.

Gallant believes his government has demonstrated an understanding of Saint John’s need for provincial support. He believes jobs and the economy will always be a key election issue.

“Growing the economy is crucial to the future to the prosperity of our province,” said Gallant. “The people of New Brunswick want us to focus on economic growth and creating job opportunities”.

We’ll see if that’s enough the sway voters in the Saint John region on September 24.

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