The Higgs government appears to be backing away from a controversial plan to lessen language requirements for paramedics in some parts of the province.
In a letter to Ambulance NB’s CEO, Health Minister Ted Flemming says the province will respect its obligations under the Official Languages Act when it comes to providing service in both official languages province wide.
That effectively cancels last months announcement that bilingual service would not necessarily be provided in areas where one language was dominant.
Flemming is directing Ambulance NB to create permanent full-time float team positions to be give to unilingual paramedics.
People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin says he as consulted on the change before the letter was sent and the latest move has his support.