N.B. Tories propose tourism marketing fund to draw visitors
New Brunswick Premier David Alward stands in front of natural gas wells in the rural community of Penobsquis, N.B., as he launches his re-election bid on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (Andrew Vaughan / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, September 1, 2014 1:25PM EDT
SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- New Brunswick Premier David Alward says he will create a fund to help attract more visitors to the province if his party wins next month's election.
The Tory leader says community groups and programs would apply to receive money raised through the Tourism Marketing Fund.
Meanwhile, the Liberal Party is promising to raise the province's minimum wage in its bid to win the Sept. 22 election.
Leader Brian Gallant says minimum hourly pay in the province would jump to $10.30 by year's end, then to $11 by the close of 2017.
Minimum wage in New Brunswick is currently $10, which is tied with Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Northwest Territories for lowest in the country.
Elsewhere on the campaign trail, the NDP Party says it would introduce first-contract legislation requiring the government to sit down and negotiate with workers wanting to unionize.
The People's Alliance Party says it would eliminate the government's mandatory prescription drug plan in favour of a voluntary alternative.