Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Details lacking in budget announcement

The coming weeks will be key in coming to an informed opinion on the 2018-19 budget as details were scarce in the announcement made by Finance Minister Cathy Rogers on Tuesday.
While spending will increase in healthcare, education and tourism, exactly how remains to be seen.
"While there's some positives to be taken away from today, we're waiting for more concrete information on the specifics of how this budget will impact New Brunswickers," said New Brunswick Union President (NBU) Susie Proulx-Daigle.
On the healthcare side, investments will be made to reduce surgery wait times, improve mental health as well as investments in special care homes and to keep seniors in their homes longer.
Rogers emphasized this budget was a reflection of government listening to New Brunswickers, however, the NBU took some issue with this statement.
"In terms of the privatization of management of the Extra-Mural program, we don't feel government listened to the people," said Proulx-Daigle. "The deal was done behind closed doors without input from stakeholders and we saw seniors around the province come out strongly against this plan.
"In this instance, it didn't seem as though government listened to what the people were saying on a major shift in our healthcare system."