Media Advisory - Fiscal reform in New Brunswick: CUPE national president to deliver a scathing assessment

    FREDERICTON, July 9 /CNW Telbec/ - During the consultations being held on
the controversial fiscal reform initiatives in New Brunswick, Paul Moist -
national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees - will take the
floor on July 10th to reveal some disturbing facts.
    In response to a misleading government discussion paper, CUPE will
present exclusive analysis of the impacts of these proposals on New Brunswick
taxpayers based on their income bracket. Among other flaws, this "tax reform"
would directly transfer $70 million a year through the provincial government
to the 1120 highest earners in the province, paid for in full by the 200,000
lowest income New Brunswickers.
    "Our report is clear: these proposals would drastically increase the
overall tax burden on those who can least afford it - poor people, low and
middle income families, seniors, other vulnerable people - while providing
tens, perhaps hundreds, of millions of dollars in tax cuts to big businesses,
the wealthy, and high earners," says Moist.
    "What's more, the government would face a funding shortfall for
education, health, and infrastructure - this is a recipe for poverty, not

    WHAT:    CUPE presentation to public audiences on fiscal reform in NB

    WHO:     Paul Moist, National President, CUPE

    WHEN:    Thursday, 10 July 2008, 2:30 pm (AST)

    WHERE:   Royal Canadian Legion
             109 Carleton Street, Woodstock, NB

For further information:

For further information: Pam Kapoor, CUPE Communications, (613)
853-8089; Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, (613) 808-0675

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