Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Liberals Says New Brunswick Government Ad Is Partisan and Demoralizing

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Liberals Says New Brunswick Government Ad Is Partisan and Demoralizing

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Liberals say New Brunswick ad is partisan

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FREDERICTON - New Brunswick's Opposition Liberals say a new provincial government television commercial is partisan Conservative advertising that also sends the wrong message.

The ad is being broadcast on television stations in the province and shows people from New Brunswick boarding an airplane for jobs in Western Canada.

"New Brunswickers don't need an ad to tell them that there aren't enough jobs in New Brunswick," Liberal Leader Brian Gallant said Monday.

"This is an ad that is virtually discouraging people to stay and invest in New Brunswick," he said. "It's even demoralizing."

Gallant said the ad is aimed at helping the narrative of the Progressive Conservative election campaign.

But Premier David Alward defended the ad, saying it shows the urgency for supporting the development of natural resources in the province to bring New Brunswickers home from jobs in the west.

"Every day there are families that are living with separation and we believe there are good options long term to see our economy be stronger, our province be stronger, and our people be able to decide to be here and build their communities here," Alward said.

He said many New Brunswickers don't understand the consequences if the province doesn't take advantage of its natural resources such as shale gas. …

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