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New Brunswick government discusses assets policy with seniors groups

FREDERICTON — The premier of New Brunswick says there's room to move on his government's nursing home policy if other ways of addressing finances can be found.

Brian Gallant and Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers met with seniors groups Friday for about two hours.

Seniors are upset with a policy announced in the spring budget that would see the government use the assets of wealthier seniors to help pay for their nursing home care.

Gallant says the policy has not been put in place yet, and he has asked the seniors groups to help find ways to address the province's financial situation and improve care.

Cecile Cassista of the New Brunswick Senior's Coalition says seniors are willing to work with the government, but are adamant that the assets policy be removed.

She says the government was open to their suggestions but didn't make any commitment.

The Canadian Press

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