Green Party Leader launches provincial Budget with Heart Tour

February 10, 2020

Green Party Leader launches provincial Budget with Heart Tour

Fredericton – Green Party Leader and MLA for Fredericton-South, David Coon, is launching his Budget with Heart tour to consult with New Brunswickers about how we could put people’s well-being at the heart of the New Brunswick Budget.

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“What our tax dollars are spent on reflects the priorities of government, and that matters.   I believe that if government put our well-being at the centre of everything it does then we would have a very different budget. The well-being of our population cannot simply be a hopeful result of economic growth and debt reduction – it needs to be at the heart of the budget.”

Coon points to the Well-Being budgets recently adopted in New Zealand and Iceland as examples to learn from to tackle some of the most important issues in New Brunswick, including poverty, mental illness and high suicide rates. They established indicators of well-being to guide the development of their budgets.

The tour begins Tuesday, February 11 in Fredericton and will include short remarks by the Green Party leader, followed by a discussion with the public.  It will continue over the next two weeks, with stops in 14 communities across the province.

The Minister of Finance has asked for public input into the budget-making process, so Coon’s submission will be based on what he hears on his tour of the province.

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David Coon Live: Budget with Heart tour events  
Fredericton: Tuesday, February 11, 7 pm
Centre Communautaire Sainte Anne, Richard Hatfield Room
713 Priestman Street, Fredericton
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/39hwRIO  
Edmundston: Wednesday, February 12, 7 pm
Les Brasseurs du Petit Sault
45, rue de l’Église, Edmundston
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/39eLMU0  
Grand Sault: Thursday, February 13, 10 am
Hilltop Motel
131 Madawaska rd, Grand Falls
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2uqYuAr
Perth-Andover: Thursday, February 13, 2 pm
Daily Dose Coffee & Tea House
1275 W Riverside Dr, Perth-Andover
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2w1sT8V  
Woodstock: Thursday, February 13, 7 pm
Village Creek Café & Gallery
119 Connell St, Woodstock
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2H4VBb6  
Saint Stephen:  Saturday, February 15, 11 am
Masonic Hall
10 Main Street, Saint Stephen
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/386DM7f  
Saint John: Saturday, February 15, 3 pm
Nick Nicolle Community Center
85 Durham Street, Saint John
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2vac7Uu  
Campbellton: Tuesday, February 18, 7 pm
Café Europa
10 Village ave, Campbellton
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2SgSyD0
Dalhousie: Wednesday, February 19, 9 am
Steve’s Family Restaurant 385
Adelaide St, Dalhousie
Facebook event: https://bit.ly/2H6Wy2C  
Bathurst: Wednesday, February 19, 2 pm
Kaffeine Espresso Bar
145 Main Street, Bathurst
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/31BG4Zz  
Shippagan: Wednesday, February 19, 7 pm
Tazza Caffé – upstairs
231 Boul. J.D. Gauthier, Shippagan
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2UyOb7K  
Miramichi: Thursday, February 20, 10 am
1809 Restaurant & Bar
1809 Water St, Miramichi
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2Sh3K2D
Shediac: Thursday, February 20, 2:30 pm
Bistro Ludique Le Moque-Tortue Games Bistro
402 Main Street, Shediac
Facebook event: https://bit.ly/3bqMvDE  
Moncton: Thursday, February 20, 7 pm
La Station Workspace
232 Botsford St, 2nd Floor, Moncton
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2vRgzaW  

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