FREDERICTON -- New Brunswick's Liberal leader says he would balance the provincial budget and begin repaying debt in six years if his party wins next month's election.

Brian Gallant's plan includes spending about $300 million a year to create jobs and help economic growth, which he says would be offset in part by cuts in spending.

The Liberals say an estimated $31 million a year would be saved by centralizing services in government departments, including communications, financial services, human resources, information technology and policy development.

An annual $150-million contingency fund would also be available in the event of unexpected financial shortfalls.