Newspaper article The Canadian Press

First Contender Enters Leadership Race for N.B. Progressive Conservatives

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

First Contender Enters Leadership Race for N.B. Progressive Conservatives

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MLA enters race for leadership of N.B. Tories

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FREDERICTON - The race for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party in New Brunswick has its first candidate.

Brian Macdonald, the member for the riding of Fredericton West-Hanwell, entered the race Thursday with a promise to fight for lower taxes and promote resource development.

"We have a great province, rich in resources -- human resources and natural resources," he told a crowd gathered at the Fredericton Playhouse.

"We should be a 'have' province, yet increasing taxation and corporate handouts are hurting our economy."

Macdonald, a former army officer and a military advisor for the Department of National Defence, was first elected to the New Brunswick legislature in 2010.

His former boss, former federal cabinet minister Peter MacKay was on hand to show his support. …

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