Premier Brian Gallant has completed a 12-stop provincial tour of chambers of commerce with visits to St. Stephen, Sussex, Perth-Andover, Fredericton, Miramichi, Kedgwick, Shippagan, Bathurst, Moncton, Edmundston, Saint John and Memramcook.

The Premier says he spent the last two weeks talking to the people who know their local economies the best. He says their feedback and insights will help shape the provincial government’s future economic development strategy.

Gallant visited businesses in each region and announced new jobs for Sussex, Fredericton, Saint John and Florenceville-Bristol.

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant visits McCain Data Centre Florenceville-Bristol March 24, 2016 to announce that 40 new jobs will be created in cybersecurity following a partnering with IBM. Brian Gallant/Facebook

The visits also focused on the need for more training and employment opportunities for young people. The provincial government is currently developing a 10-year education plan, a literacy strategy and measures to make university and college more affordable and accessible.

During his visits, Gallant also stressed New Brunswick’s potential as the country’s only officially bilingual province, saying a bilingual workforce gives New Brunswick a distinct advantage over other jurisdictions.