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Election Campaign: Province and Paramedic Services

election campaign: The province awaits a judicial review on whether bilingual paramedic services must be provided throughout New Brunswick, according to Toronto Star. Kevin Bissett / The Canadian Press I consider today's actions to be in the best interests of New Brunswickers because I am putting their lives and their safety first. The province's efforts to address a shortage of bilingual paramedics became a heated issue during the recent provincial election campaign, and critics have said any move to change the requirement could violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the province's Official Languages Act to provide equal services in both English and French. To me, there is no other path available, Health Minister Ted Flemming said Tuesday. The change is being made despite a judicial review of language requirements for ambulances, slated to begin next month. He said the changes would only be made in areas of the province that are primarily unilingual. ( As reported in the news.