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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Local MLA Takes Aim at WorkSafe NB Officials

[Lancaster MLA Able LeBlanc at a News Conference Wednesday- Photo By Diane Henry]

Lancaster MLA Able LeBlanc is taking exception to what he calls the practice by WorkSafe NB to refer injured workers to the provincial welfare system in stead of providing housing for the disabled itself. LeBlanc says it is the financial responsibility of WorkSafe NB to provide services for injured workers, not taxpayers.

LeBlanc says the result is artificially low employer assessments and the President and CEO of WorkSafe NB is not doing his job. A court of appeal decision earlier this year sent the matter back to the commission partly because of LeBlanc's presence as an MLA at the tribunal.

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