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New N.B. premier Blaine Higgs plans to see through pledge to fight carbon tax

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs addresses fellow members of Legislature at the New Brunswick Legislature in Fredericton on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.
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November 10, 2018 - 1:05 PM

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick's newly minted Tory premier says he has met with the federal minister of intergovernmental affairs, and intends to follow through on his promise to fight Ottawa's carbon tax.

Blaine Higgs says he spoke with Dominic LeBlanc — and also plans to hear a carbon tax presentation from federal officials — in an effort to ensure he has "all the facts" about the tax.

Speaking just after his first meeting with his new cabinet, he says he's committed to joining his counterparts in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan in rejecting the tax.

Higgs was sworn in as premier yesterday, a week after Brian Gallant's Liberal government was defeated on a confidence vote.

He says the carbon tax could put New Brunswick at a disadvantage.

He also noted that he spoke with Ontario Premier Doug Ford earlier in the week and plans to meet him, along with the others fighting the tax, face-to-face.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2018
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