(Nov. 21) On Nov. 20, the newly formed Progressive Conservative government in New Brunswick delivered its first throne speech, which included commitments to take action on a number of issues of importance to the province’s foodservice sector.

These included commitments to:

• Table a balanced budget by March 2020 or sooner.
• Phase out the small business tax and the double property tax on secondary properties.
• Take a leading role eliminating barriers to trade between provinces.
• Set targets for reducing the WorkSafeNB premiums and work together with labour and business stakeholders to ensure that the focus is on strengthening safe workplace practices.
• Re-open the Provincial Nominee Program and review programs that help new arrivals start businesses that succeed.

These commitments are very much in line with recommendations that Restaurants Canada made during the provincial election campaign in September. (Click here to learn more about the key issues that Restaurants Canada rallied around during the New Brunswick election campaign.)

Equally as important to the commitments that the new PC government made during the throne speech were the items that were not included. No plans were announced for any large increases to the minimum wage or changes to the province’s employment standards legislation.

Restaurants Canada looks forward to working with Premier Blaine Higgs, his minority government and all members of the legislative assembly in New Brunswick to create conditions where the province’s $1.5-billion foodservice industry can grow and prosper.

If you have any questions or would like more information, you can get in touch with Luc Erjavec, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Atlantic Canada, at lerjavec@restaurantscanada.org or 1-800-387-5649 ext. 5000.

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