Keith Minchin New Brunswick Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas reads the speech from the throne in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in Fredericton on November 27, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Keith Minchin

FREDERICTON – Highlights of New Brunswick throne speech presented Tuesday:

— An oil and natural gas blueprint will be delivered to set out steps to proceed with shale gas development.

— NB Power will be directed to find the best options to seek compensation from Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. for the $1 billion in cost overruns for the refurbishment of the Point Lepreau nuclear power generator.

— A ministerial committee on jobs and the economy will be established to monitor economic performance and recommend changes to government policy.

— A three-year capital budget to be tabled during this session.

— A five-year provincial health plan will be developed and implemented next year.

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