New Brunswick headed into election campaign

Voters go to the polls on Sept. 22

FREDERICTON — Jobs and the economy will be the top issues of New Brunswick’s election campaign, Premier David Alward said Monday after the province’s lieutenant-governor agreed to dissolve the legislative assembly Thursday ahead of next month’s vote.

“We are at a turning point in New Brunswick’s history,” Alward said after meeting with Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas.

“We look at some of the challenges we face as a province, whether they be fiscal, demographic and economic . … New Brunswickers have a chance to say ‘Yes’ to the future of our province.”

A number of other issues including shale gas, the proposed Energy East Pipeline and access to abortion are also expected to become major themes during the campaign.

Alward’s Progressive Conservatives have 41 members in the legislature, the Liberals under leader Brian Gallant have 13 seats and there is one Independent member.

The election is set for Sept. 22.