September 14, 2018 11:52 am

Liberals tout plan to draw New Brunswickers back, retain young people

The New Brunswick Liberals are touting their party's plan to retain young people and draw expatriates back to the province. New Brunswick Liberal Leader Brian Gallant and wife Karine Lavoie, second from right, are greeted by candidates after arriving at a campaign stop in Fredericton on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/James West

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New Brunswick Liberals are touting their party’s plan to retain young people and draw expatriates back to the province.

Premier Brian Gallant says the Liberals would expand programs that offer free tuition at public post-secondary institutions and free childcare for low-income families.

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The party says if re-elected Sept. 24, it would also create a “reverse headhunting” service to provide Canadians and New Brunswickers living outside the province a one-stop shop to help them find a job and move to New Brunswick.

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The new service would help arrange interviews, look for housing, identify childcare options and find a job for their partner.

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Meanwhile, the Progressive Conservatives are committing to gradually eliminating the double tax on non-owner occupied properties.

Leader Blaine Higgs says the tax, which doubles the tax rate on buildings that are not owner-occupied, is unfair and discourages investment in New Brunswick.

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