N.B. NDP breaks opposition unity to power deal to launch election campaign

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FREDERICTON - So much for a united political coalition against the proposed sale of NB Power to Hydro-Quebec.
A news conference Tuesday that was intended to show New Brunswick's three opposition parties in solidarity against the plan was hijacked by NDP Leader Roger Duguay with a campaign speech and attacks on the Tories.
Duguay says the only difference between the previous Tory government and Premier Shawn Graham's Liberals is that the Tories failed to find a buyer for the utility.
Duguay - who has no members elected to the legislature - was unapologetic for his attack, saying he has been in election mode for three years.
Green party Leader Jack MacDougall says the $4.75-billion sale of the utility must be stopped because it would forever strip the province of the revenues and control of NB Power.
Conservative Leader David Alward says despite the political differences, all three parties are against the deal and he vows to do whatever he can to block it.
All three leaders say they will unveil their plans for NB Power in the coming weeks.

Organizations: NB Power, Hydro-Quebec

Geographic location: FREDERICTON, New Brunswick

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