Legislative Assembly

Throne speech highlights / Fourth session of 56th Legislative Assembly (09/11/17)

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Nov. 17, 2009



FREDERICTON (CNB) - Seizing opportunities to lower energy rates in New Brunswick, reducing poverty while empowering and creating jobs for people, enhancing health and senior care, promoting literacy and positioning the province for significant economic growth were the central themes of today's speech from the throne.

"We have made great strides toward our destination of a self-sufficient New Brunswick, but today, gaps remain that will not be crossed with timid steps," Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas said at the beginning of the fourth session of the 56th Legislative Assembly. "Great strides have been made, but more must be done. Your government will continue to build on this success to create opportunities today for self-sufficiency tomorrow."

Premier Shawn Graham said his government accepts that challenge.

"In the coming legislative session, our government will build on our record of seizing every opportunity to create jobs, creating the best opportunities to learn and providing equal opportunity for quality access to health and senior care," said Graham. "We will do this by seizing new opportunities to help our province overcome poverty, while at the same time pursuing the new opportunity to lower power rates, reduce debt, create jobs and better our environment through an energy partnership with Hydro-Québec."

In the speech from the throne, the government outlined major programs and initiatives in energy, education, health and social development for the coming year. Among the highlights:

The speech from the throne also laid out a number of significant achievements during the government's first three years in office. Among the achievements to date:


EDITOR'S NOTE: The complete text of the speech from the throne and highlights are available online. MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, communications, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286.