New Brunswick Election

Summer 2010 CSANews Issue 75  |  Posted date : Sep 23, 2010.Back to list

Important Information for New Brunswick Voters

On Monday, September 27, 2010 the citizens of New Brunswick will choose their next provincial government. As a member of the Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA), now is the time to ensure your voice is heard!

We've compiled a few important questions and other information to help you make your voting decision.

Visit snowbirds.org to read more on:

    * Preservation of health coverage for frequent travellers
    * Access to emergency health coverage when travelling
    * Access to prescription drugs for use during travel

Take the time to learn where your local candidates stand on these important issues. Do they support your right to travel? What will they do on your behalf?

We don't want election promises! We want fair treatment!

Make your vote count.

Bob Slack
President
Canadian Snowbird Association

PRESERVATION OF HEALTH COVERAGE FOR FREQUENT TRAVELLERS
Permanent New Brunswick residents who plan to be temporarily absent from New Brunswick for a vacation, visit or business trip, remain insured during their absence, provided they live in New Brunswick for at least six months (183 days – consecutive or not) during a 12 month period.

You may be temporarily absent from New Brunswick for up to 182 days (consecutive or not) in a 12 month period without it affecting your coverage, provided your intention is to resume permanent residence in New Brunswick. If you need to be absent for more than 182 days, you must submit a written request to New Brunswick Medicare asking that your eligibility be maintained during your absence. Eligibility can be extended for up to 12 months beyond the original 182 days once every three years.

Question:  Do your local candidates support amending the regulations to extend this period to eight months?  Do they support permitting New Brunswick residents making an unlimited number of short-term trips anywhere in the world without affecting eligibility? This could be accomplished by providing that a trip of less than one month is not counted as time absent from the province. 

ACCESS TO EMERGENCY HEALTH COVERAGE WHEN TRAVELLING

New Brunswick does not reimburse its residents for out-of-country emergency health services at the same rate as in-province services; this contravenes sub-paragraph 11(1)(b)(ii) of the Canada Health Act.  The maximum rate paid for out-of-country hospital in-patient services is $100 per day.  While New Brunswick would not disclose its per-day rate provided for emergency services within New Brunswick, $100 is well below the average rates paid for in-province services elsewhere in Canada. Prince Edward Island's reimbursement rate is up to $1055 per-day. New Brunswick reimburses emergency out-patient hospital services required by travellers at a rate of $50 per day.  This is also below the average rate per day paid for in-province services in other jurisdictions.  Out-of-country emergency physicians' fees are paid at a rate equal to what New Brunswick physicians would receive for a similar service.

Question:  Do your local candidates support reimbursing emergency in-patient and out-patient services required by travellers at the same rate per day as that paid for similar services within the province?

ACCESS TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR USE DURING TRAVEL

The New Brunswick Provincial Drug Program only directly covers the cost of up to a 100-day supply of drugs.  A 100-day supply is insufficient for the six-month trip that a New Brunswick resident may take while still maintaining health coverage.  A traveller requiring more than a 100-day supply has two options:  pay for an additional supply and submit the receipt for reimbursement or make arrangements with the pharmacy to have an additional supply sent abroad.  These options create a burden that many other Canadian travellers are not required to bear.  Further, New Brunswick will not reimburse the cost of drugs purchased outside the province.

Question:  Do your local candidates support amending the drug program to cover a supply of medication equal to the length of the maximum permitted absence from the province?  Do they support reimbursing the cost of medication prescribed by appropriately accredited physicians and dispensed outside New Brunswick?

ELECTION DATE AND TIMES

Monday, September 27, 2010
Polls open 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

For more information on where to vote in your district please contact Elections New Brunswick.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ELECTIONS NEW BRUNSWICK
Telephone: (506) 453-2218
Toll Free : 1-800-308-2922
Reception : (506) 453-2218
(Mon. to Fri.: 8:15 a.m.-4:30 pm)

Fax : (506) 457-4926
Frequently Called Numbers : TTY: 1-888-718-0544
Email : electionsNB@gnb.ca
http://www.gnb.ca/elections/index.htm

VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION

A person is qualified to vote in a provincial election if he or she:
  • is a Canadian citizen
  • will be eighteen years of age on or before polling day
Voters can contact Elections NB at 1-888-858-VOTE (8683), to confirm they are properly listed on the voters list, or if they have moved or changed their name since the last time they voted, they can update their information over the telephone. Voters may also contact any returning office opened for the duration of the election to confirm or update their information.

If an eligible elector is not on the voters list for an election, eligible electors may visit their assigned advance polling station or ordinary polling station, and complete the Application for Addition to List of Electors (C 05 801) form. The eligible elector must show the revision officer one or more pieces of ID that between them shows their name, address and signature, and sign the declaration that they are eligible, or be personally vouched for by another elector on the same voters list. The elector may then immediately vote. The information is returned to the returning office, and the revision officer will later add the name to the voters list.

REGISTERED PROVINCIAL POLITICAL PARTIES:

Liberal Party:
715 Brunswick Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 1H8
Email: vivianne@nblib.nb.ca
Telephone: (506) 453-3950
Toll free: (800) 442-4902
Fax: (506) 453-2476
http://www.nblib.nb.ca

Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick:
336 Regent Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 3X4
Email: info@pcnb.org
Telephone: (506) 453-3456
Fax: (506) 444-4713
http://www.pcnb.org

New Democratic Party:
2-924 Prospect Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 2T9
Email: info@nbndp.ca
Telephone: (506) 458-5828
Fax: (506) 459-2299
http://nbndp.ca/

Parti Vert N.B. Green Party:
403 Regent Street
PO Box 3723 Station B
Fredericton, NB E3A 5L8
Email: info@greenpartynb.ca
Telephone: (506) 447-8499
Fax: (506) 447-8489
http://www.greenpartynb.ca/

People's Alliance of New Brunswick:
601 Northside Drive
Minto, NB E4B 3B6
Email: panb@bellaliant.net
Telephone: (506) 327-3789
http://www.panb.org

Canadian Snowbird Association
180 Lesmill Road
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3B 2T5

www.snowbirds.org

Office Hours (Eastern Time)
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday

General inquiries (English service)
Telephone (416) 391-9000
Toll-Free 1-800-265-3200

General inquiries (French service)
Telephone (416) 391-9090
Toll-Free 1-800-265-5132
Fax (416) 441-7007

E-mail csastaff@snowbirds.org




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