10/20/2015 11:40 EDT | Updated 10/20/2016 01:12 EDT

New Brunswick premier optimistic of better federal-provincial cooperation

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant is congratulating Justin Trudeau for his historic majority election win and says it's important to have a government in Ottawa that wants to work with the provinces.

The Liberal premier says in order to overcome the challenges facing the country and to seize opportunities, the various levels of government need to work together.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was often criticized by the premiers for refusing to meet with them as a group.

Gallant says he's pleased Trudeau shares the view that there's a need to invest now to improve infrastructure and create jobs.

While Gallant has been a big proponent of the proposed Energy East pipeline, he says he agrees with Trudeau that there must be an exhaustive process to ensure it is viable and safe.

All 10 of New Brunswick's federal ridings went Liberal in yesterday's election.


The Canadian Press