- The 2005 Speech from the Throne is dedicated to the
government’s continuing work to build and preserve a
prosperous and united New Brunswick by pursuing greater
economic success combined with greater social progress for all
people and in all regions of the province.
- Ten New Brunswickers have been inducted into the province’s
highest honour, the Order of New Brunswick, since the last
Speech from the Throne.
Building and Promoting Economic Success
- The recommendations of a working group of Cabinet will
be presented and a framework for implementation will be
brought forward to support and strengthen the forestry
- A motion will be introduced in the Legislature to affirm support
of the supply management system for the marketing of dairy,
poultry and egg products in Canada.
- A New Brunswick Agri-Land Enhancement Strategy was
developed in close consultation with the New Brunswick
agriculture industry to support land development for this
- Minimum wage levels will be increased on January 1, 2006,
and additional future increases will be proposed.
- Legislation to address franchiser-franchisee power imbalances
will be brought forward in the form of New Brunswick’s first
- Significant investments will be made in building strategic
infrastructure in the coming year.
- New Brunswick will remain the lowest tax jurisdiction for small
businesses in Canada, the third lowest jurisdiction for corporate
taxes, and the lowest jurisdiction in Eastern Canada for personal
income taxes through amendments to the Income Tax Act and
other related legislation.
- The final two stepping stones of the Quality Learning
Agenda, which includes early childhood development and
adult and lifelong learning, will be released.
- A quality pre-Kindergarten school-readiness program will be
introduced in all regions of the province. This new program will
give four-year olds the skills they need to enter Kindergarten.
- The dedicated notebook computer research project has been
expanded from nine to 18 classes.
- 100 new teachers will be added to the education system in
September 2006, together with 115 the following year, for
a grand total of 625 new teachers over a five-year period.
Additional increases in the number of teachers will be
considered to reduce class sizes.
- Government will continue to promote literacy by improving
our library system and enhancing e-library services.
- On receiving the MacKay Study on Inclusive Education, a
policy framework will be developed to ensure children receive
appropriate programs and services within an integrated
framework of government services.
- Legislation will be introduced to allow the implementation of
the New Brunswick Tuition Tax Cash Back Credit.
- The Youth Assistance Act will be amended to streamline and
improve the delivery of student aid services for post-secondary
students in New Brunswick.
- A Commission on the Future of New Brunswick Universities will be launched to make recommendations on how New
Brunswick universities can grow and become stronger over the
- The federal government has been invited to participate in
a collaborative investment proposal, Accelerating Greater
Opportunity, which could help close more quickly the gaps
between New Brunswick and the rest of Canada in terms of
income, employment, innovation, productivity and export
Building and Preserving Social Progress
- An Action Plan to improve the general wellness of New
Brunswickers will be released and will include initiatives to
support the Wellness Strategy set out in the Provincial Health
- Further changes will be implemented to continue to modernize
emergency ambulance services.
- Additional measures and investments will be introduced to
enhance and strengthen services for New Brunswick seniors.
- Legislation will be introduced to allow the Province to take
legal action against tobacco companies to recover costs
incurred due to the effects of tobacco use.
- A Class Proceedings Act will be introduced which will allow
class action law suits in New Brunswick courts.
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act will be made to establish
an Ignition Interlock Program to help deter impaired driving.
- A new Child Protection Service Delivery Model will be
developed to better protect child victims of abuse and neglect.
- A new strategy to deal with Youth at Risk (aged 16-18) will be
- Amendments to the Film and Video Act will mandate the use of a
classification system for video games.
- Measures will be introduced to get tougher on slum landlords and those who refuse to provide the basic standard of adequate
- The Residential Tenancies Act will be modernized by
introducing amendments to bring roomers and boarders under
the protection of this legislation.
- A Building Safety Advisory Committee will be established to
propose key elements in the development of a New Brunswick
Building Code Act.
- A strategic planning session will be organized to follow up
on the recent First Ministers’ Meeting on Aboriginal Issues.This session will continue laying the groundwork for a New
Brunswick First Nations Education Strategy focused on the
learning needs of aboriginal children.
- A First Nations Housing Conference will be held, work
will be undertaken toward the creation of a New Brunswick
Aboriginal Health Blueprint and an economic development
plan for First Nations communities will be developed.
- Government is prepared to facilitate the move toward an
Accord on Relationships and Tripartite Talks on Aboriginal
and Treaty Rights.
- A second phase of New Brunswick’s Cultural Policy will be
forthcoming, a Heritage Preservation Act will be brought
forward and a comprehensive Book Policy for New Brunswick will be developed.
- A Community Environmental Partnership will be created to
put in place community-friendly environmental projects.
- A Water for Life strategy will be developed to ensure safe,
secure drinking water, reliable water supplies for economic
development and healthy lakes and rivers for recreation and
- Government will continue to provide help to families who will
be hardest hit by rising energy costs in the coming year.
- The creation of the new Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Agency will be formalized though the introduction of a New
Brunswick Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency Act.
- Amendments to the Crown Lands and Forests Act will be
introduced to implement the recently approved Wind Energy
Building and Providing Effective Government
- Government will table an action plan in response to the
recommendations of the Commission on Legislative Democracy,
entitled Changing the Way Government Works.
- The offices of the Chief Electoral Officer and the Supervisor of
Political Financing will be combined to form Elections New
- A New Brunswick Referendum Act will be introduced.
- Government will change the way appointments are made
to agencies, boards and commissions to strengthen the
guidelines for appointments with greater emphasis on
openness and accountability.
- A new, open and accountable framework governing party
leadership conventions and riding nominations will be
- Amendments will be brought forward to modernize the Right
to Information Act.
- The Premier will hold a series of consultation forums with
provincial stakeholders and the pre-budget consultation
process will again include public meetings held throughout the
province by the Minister of Finance.
- A Fiscal Responsibility and Balanced Budget Act will be
introduced to replace and go further than existing Balanced
Budget legislation and will introduce new reporting guidelines for the province’s financial statements.
- Another balanced budget, a Statement of Estimated
Revenues and Expenses and Capital Account appropriations
will be presented for 2005-2007.