Blaine Higgs was in Saint John on Tuesday for the first in a series of public meetings as he crafts a provincial budget aimed at taming the government's debt.
Gerald O'Dell told Higgs the government has been giving too many handouts to the rich.
He said it's unfair that wealthier citizens are seeing tax reductions while other citizens are growing "poorer and poorer."
Higgs said the tax system is under review, as are various spending programs.
Higgs also told a standing-room only crowd that promises made during election campaigns are not making the fiscal situation in the province any better.
Other people attending the meeting told Higgs there are too many managers in the province's school system and that the province could reduce the number of provincial legislators.