Office of the Premier

State of the province address: 2009 will see strong and determined leadership (09/01/29)

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Jan. 29, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Government will provide strong and determined leadership in 2009, and will use smart investments and financial restraint to stimulate the economy and weather the current financial downturn. That was the theme of the annual state of the province address delivered today by Premier Shawn Graham.

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Graham outlined plans to improve New Brunswick's economic standing through spending restraint and smart investments.

"When faced with difficult choices, New Brunswickers greet each challenge as an opportunity - with courage, with conviction and with wisdom," Graham said. "I realize that in times such as these, people are looking to government not only to make the right decisions, but to demonstrate leadership and to address the serious challenges we face. Leading New Brunswick through these difficult times requires that we all do our fair share."

Following are some of the key points outlined in the Premier's speech:

Finance/investment

The province has made the commitment to lead by example, using smart investments and financial restraint to stimulate the economy. These efforts include:

"We also know that government investments need to be focused during an economic downturn, and we believe it is important that our government be there to help and support New Brunswickers during their time of greatest need," Graham said.

Natural resources

Energy

Graham outlined four benchmarks for the government's success over the course of its mandate, and included progress made during the past year. The benchmarks include:

Graham also reflected on many of the accomplishments of ongoing projects throughout the province, including:

"In the past year we have built the foundation for self-sufficiency in spite of economic challenges," Graham said. "I look for that trend to continue in the coming year. When we are confronted with unprecedented challenges, let us counter with unparalleled ingenuity. And let us be able to say that each of us did his or her share to build a better New Brunswick."

The full text of the speech may be found online.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, communications, Office of the Premier, 506-453-2144.

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