Blackville, NB: Today Blaine Higgs committed to establishing a provincial tax credit for children’s sports, arts and culture programs.
“Brian Gallant is focused on taking chocolate milk away from our kids,” says Blaine Higgs, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick. “I’d rather accomplish the same thing by giving our kids better access to organized sports activities and the character building experiences that come from participating in activities with their peers.”
Mr. Higgs’ plan includes:
Introduce a Children’s Fitness and Arts Tax Credit, allowing families to claim eligible fees paid to register their child in an artistic, cultural, recreational or developmental activity.
Allow families to claim up to $500 in expenses per child for a program involving physical activity, and up to $250 per child for programs involving arts, culture and recreational activities.
Eliminate Policy 711, Gallant’s controversial nutrition policy that is so extensive it actually prevents schools from holding bake sales and other fundraising activities.
“Certainly we should educate our children about the importance of good nutrition and regular physical activity on good health outcomes,” says Higgs. “But we think helping them participate in activities with their peers is the goal – not legislating what’s on the menu.”