FREDERICTON, N.B.- Premier David Alward says the fall session of the New Brunswick legislature was productive with a capital budget, the passage of 18 pieces of legislation, and a unanimous motion in support of a west-east pipeline.

The short, four-week session also included a five-year plan to provide a better balance between health services offered in anglophone and francophone areas of the province.

Alward says the government is operating in difficult economic times. “Yes, the economy is very difficult globally”, says Alward. “Yes, government revenues, there are a lot of of challenges but there is also tremendous opportunity for the future and we’re focused on that”.
Liberal house leader Bill Fraser says, aside from the motion on a pipeline, there was little co-operation in the house on issues such federal E-I reform.

The legislature is scheduled to return March 26 with the provincial budget.