New Brunswick Liberal government would find $250 million in savings, vows leader

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FREDERICTON - New Brunswick's Liberal leader says he would find at least $250 million in savings in the provincial budget if his party forms government next month.

Brian Gallant says a Liberal government would uncover savings by launching a strategic program review.

He says it is the same model used by former Liberal governments in Ottawa to balance the federal budget.

Gallant says the review would differ from across-the-board spending cuts.

The Liberals said last week they would boost revenue by $63 million a year by rescinding a business tax break and increasing taxes for the province's richest one per cent.

Gallant says savings found during the strategic program review would be implemented in the second budget of a Liberal government, bringing total savings to at least $313 million.

Geographic location: FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, Ottawa

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