Poverty was the focus as New Brunswick’s NDP leader made a campaign stop in Saint John on Monday.

Jennifer McKenzie said the city has one of the highest rates of child poverty in New Brunswick at 23 per cent.

McKenzie told our newsroom an NDP government would fix social assistance rates to keep people from falling deeper into poverty.

“People who are living on social assistance need to be able to get themselves out, find a job, and support themselves,” McKenzie said. “The NDP will raise social assistance rates by 10 per cent across the board.”