Self-Sufficiency Task Force

Online public engagement tools launched (07/01/30)

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Jan. 30, 2007

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Self-Sufficiency Task Force has launched three Internet-based tools to enable online discussion about the issues facing New Brunswick and suggest options for its future.

The tools, located at http://www.gnb.ca/2026, include a discussion forum, an online survey and an online link to send formal submissions to the task force.

"We're asking some questions and we're very interested in the answers that will be posted," task force co-chair Gilles Lepage said. "We invite New Brunswickers to visit the site, download our documents and then share with us their perspective on how we can meet the challenges before us."

There are seven discussion forums, each dedicated to a wider exploration of the realities laid out in the first discussion paper, The New Brunswick Reality Report: At the Crossroads.

"These realities are the starting point for our conversation, the seven things we believe must occur if we are to achieve self-sufficiency by 2026," task force co-chair Francis McGuire said. "These are issues that impact all areas of New Brunswick."

The seven realities are:

  1. We must increase our population and our labour force by increasing incomes.
  2. We must be prepared for sweeping changes of unprecedented magnitude.
  3. We must increase labour productivity by providing people with the right tools for the right jobs.
  4. We must strengthen the connections between urban and rural New Brunswick through large scale investments in infrastructure.
  5. Export growth must drive overall economic growth.
  6. We must move quickly and aggressively to expand our existing corporate base.
  7. Leaders at all levels of New Brunswick society must step forward

The task force has also introduced an online survey to gauge users' opinions on some of the suggestions raised by the task force. The third tool allows users to send presentations and papers to the task force on any of the issues raised during the project.

The information gathered through the online tools will be reflected in the task force's final report.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Brendan Langille, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-5070.

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