New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs uses annual speech to highlight economic growth

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FREDERICTON — The premier of New Brunswick says more than $200 million in new private investment projects are an indicator of growth in the province over the past year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blaine Higgs gave his annual state of the province address this afternoon.

But instead of addressing a large business audience in Fredericton, he delivered the speech via community cable television and the internet.

Higgs announced his government will continue to push development of small modular nuclear reactors and will spend $20 million on the technology.

The premier also announced his government will conduct a 90-day review of the rental situation in New Brunswick after tenant and low-income groups called for rent controls and a moratorium on evictions while the pandemic continues.

On health care, Higgs says his government is focused on reducing wait times and exploring opportunities to centralize some services and recruit specialists.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 10, 2021.

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