FREDERICTON -- The New Brunswick provincial election campaign is officially underway.

Chief Electoral Officer Kimberly Poffenroth signed the writs yesterday to set the wheels in motion for the vote set for Sept. 24.

The economy, energy, trade, and health care are expected to be among the major issues debated door to door as candidates vie for the 49 seats in the provincial legislature.

The campaigning has been underway for some time, but now all the campaign signs will go up, and more promises made.

Liberal Premier Brian Gallant makes a campaign announcement today in Moncton, while Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs makes an announcement in Tracyville, near Fredericton.

The leaders of the Green and People's Alliance parties are campaigning in the Fredericton area, while the New Democrats launch their campaign in front of the provincial legislature.

At dissolution the Liberals had 24 seats, the Progressive Conservatives 22, there was one Green and one Independent, and one vacant seat.