N.B. Greens vow to ban shale gas development, cancel forestry contracts
June 25, 2007 photo of David Coon in Charlottetown, P.E.I. (CP / Andrew Vaughan)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014 12:49PM EDT
FREDERICTON -- New Brunswick's Green party is promising to ban shale gas development, cancel all contracts signed under the province's forestry plan and make access to abortion easier.
The measures are among a suite of promises in the party's platform released today that the Greens say will improve sustainability and ensure equal access to health care services.
Green party Leader David Coon says he would also end subsidies and tax credits for the resource sector and legislate stronger greenhouse gas reduction targets.
The Liberals, NDP and governing Progressive Conservatives have not yet released their platforms.
The People's Alliance of New Brunswick released its platform in the first week of the campaign for the Sept. 22 election, which included a promise to balance the budget by 2017-18.
Elsewhere on the campaign today, the New Democrats said they would eliminate the small business tax within six months of taking office.
The party says that would cost about $32 million.