As New Brunswick’s Election 2018 begins, four of New Brunswick’s five political parties shared their positions on key issues for municipalities, including property taxes, regionalization/amalgamation, and new revenue streams.

The August 20 event was held by the City of Saint John to address City-specific concerns. The positions shared have implications for all municipalities.

UMNB has pushed for new revenue streams for municipalities, including a fair share of the excise tax on legalized cannabis and a hotel levy to support local tourism, and to change the provincial-municipal fiscal arrangement. UMNB’s membership includes municipalities of all sizes.

Videos of the party speeches:


Progressive Conservatives:



Party positions on fair taxation:

Liberals: Willing to review the balance of taxation & powers between provincial/municipal governments, but do not support eliminating the provincial property tax.

PC: Committed to significant municipal tax reform, including removing the double tax on commercial properties.

NDP: Would set up a task force and hold public hearings to discuss reforms of the property tax system. Supports “fair and reasonable” reforms and new revenue streams.

Green: Supports property tax reform and new revenue sources. Advocating a public inquiry into public finances, including the fairness of the tax system.

Party positions on regionalization/amalgamation:

Liberals: Will explore best practices and promote better regional cooperation, but will not impose amalgamation.

PC: Will support and facilitate regionalization of any services with willing partners.

NDP: Willing to investigate the need for amalgamation.

Green: Supports a Metropolitan Service Commission.

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