NDP plan for Innovation and Economic growth

Saint John, September 6, 2018 – Today at ConnexionWorks in Saint John, Jennifer McKenzie announced the NDP plan for Innovation & Economic Growth. 

The best way to stimulate economic growth is by putting more money in New Brunswickers’ pockets. The NDP’s vision to improve the province’s economy is to fight social inequalities by introducing a $15 minimum wage so that workers do not have to take on multiple jobs to just get by, so their stress is reduced because their senior parents are being taken care of in their homes and their children are in affordable daycare at their schools.

There needs to be room in this province for our talented workforce to grow, people are at the centre of innovation and economic growth, we must put them first and give them the social and economic support to develop their skills and grow their businesses.

‘’In Saint John, and throughout New Brunswick, we have vibrant, innovative and dynamic entrepreneurs and small businesses, with creative and persevering people working behind them. Our province needs good, stable jobs and investments in the innovation sector to keep our young people and talents here.” – Jennifer McKenzie

The NDP will promote broad-based, regionally diverse, and equitable economic growth with a particular focus on closing the ‘capital gap’ for small and medium size enterprises through the creation of a public investment bank.

Our plan for New Brunswick’s economic growth also includes:

  • Creating ‘green collar’ jobs based on large public investments in the renewable energy economy and energy efficiency home retrofitting., which is included in our plan for environmental leadership.

  • Making the public investments that are necessary in research and development, training, and infrastructure to foster productivity growth and prepare for our future high-tech, innovation- based economy.

  • Making the public investments that are necessary in research and development, training, and infrastructure to foster productivity growth and prepare for our future high-tech, innovation- based economy.

This program will be funded by the elimination of Opportunities NB and Regional Development programs, which will release $ 130 million for our new Public Investment Bank.

P 10 005 – 10 Economic Growth Strategy