POLITICS

Parties divided on success of fall session of New Brunswick legislature

12/20/2012 05:21 EST | Updated 02/19/2013 05:12 EST
FREDERICTON - 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.

The Conservative government faced a public outcry and reversed plans to eliminate an overnight driving ban for novice drivers.

Liberal house leader Bill Fraser says that aside from the motion on a pipeline, there was little co-operation in the house.

Fraser says his party wanted the Tory government to show greater opposition to the federal government's planned changes to the employment insurance program that take effect next month.

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