11/25/2014 03:53 EST | Updated 01/25/2015 05:59 EST

New Brunswick Liberals drop court challenge of Tory election promises

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick Liberal party says it is dropping a court application to determine whether the Progressive Conservatives followed a law they introduced just months prior to last September's provincial election.

The Liberals had wanted the court's interpretation on the term "election commitment" as contained in the Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Act.

They accused the Tories of making spending announcements totalling $433 million before the campaign began but not considering them election commitments, thereby attempting to skirt the legislation.

At the time, the Tories said any announcements the government made before the campaign began on Aug. 21 were included in the spring budget and couldn't be considered election commitments.

Dan Murphy, executive director of the New Brunswick Liberal Association, says since the Liberals were elected they have the ability to make changes to what he says is flawed legislation.

Under the law, political parties have to provide cost estimates of their election promises, but they also have the option of publicly disclosing that no estimate is prepared.