We believe that ALL political candidates, special interest groups, and political parties must commit to policies that align with the following principles:
Principles for Responsible Public Spending
- Commitment to balance the budget during periods of economic (GDP) growth: New spending initiatives must be matched by decreases in existing spending.
- Commitment to re-align public resources to reflect population distribution: New Brunswick has too many resources in places where there are too few people.
Principles for Responsible Revenue Generation
- Commitment to regional (Atlantic provinces) tax competitiveness.
- Commitment to a stable economic development model: In the last 20 years, no economic development model last beyond three years. Successive governments feel compelled to re-invent the wheel every 3-4 years.
- Commitment to a robust immigration strategy
- Re-affirmation of official bilingualism: This is not just a cultural and/or linguistic reality for our Province. This represents a significant economic development asset.
- Commitment to sustainable natural resources development
- Proactive, comprehensive, and manageable consultation processes ahead of major economic development initiatives.
Principles for Enhancing New Brunswickers’ Well-being
- Effective education system that maximizes literacy and prepares New Brunswickers for citizenship, economic success, and a healthy productive life.
- A patient-centered, sustainable healthcare system that is focused on health outcomes, patient safety, and effective delivery of services.
Principle for Good Governance
- Commitment to long term sectorial (i.e. education, health services, transportation, etc) public services plans
- Evaluation schedules and effectiveness measures for all public policies
- Restoration of the central role of the professional senior civil service, including a commitment to placing highly qualified public servants in deputy minister and assistant deputy minister roles.
- Commitment to reforming the approach to local government, emphasizing regional (inter-municipal) collaboration and cost-sharing
- Commitment to common regional administrative boundaries in the organization of provincial and local services.