April 2020 Newsletter

We've experienced unprecedented events in recent weeks. Demonstrating foresight and leadership on the provincial budget, our Leader David Coon has chosen the well-being of all people above partisanship. Thank you David.

Since March 12, David has been a member of the all-party cabinet committee on COVID-19 set up to deal with the pandemic. Extraordinary measures are being implemented and David is working hard to ensure that no one is forgotten. "I'm here to represent the interests of all, especially those in need," he confirmed in a meeting this week.

COVID-19 and government action

For the most up-to-date and accurate information on COVID-19 and government action, consult the Government of Canada and Government of New Brunswick's COVID-19 pages.

2020 Convention and AGM

Although the party’s Annual General Meeting was postponed, webinars proved to be a good alternative to the Convention. Webinars matching the workshops originally planned were conducted the same weekend and recordings of the sessions will be made available to candidates, campaign teams and Registered District Associations. The new date of the AGM will be announced when the public health situation becomes clearer.

Elections

The passing of the provincial budget in an extraordinary session on March 13 meant that the provincial election is unlikely to happen soon. We now have an opportunity to continue our development. In particular, following our founding principle to work towards a Legislature that reflects the diversity of political viewpoints of all citizens in NB, we must intensify our efforts to encourage more women to enter politics. In order for women's perspectives to have an impact, it is estimated that they must represent at least one-third of a group. Diversity of voices is a core value of our party and we must contribute to this necessary evolution - or rather adjustment - of our political representation in New Brunswick.

Green Caucus News

The New Brunswick Legislative Assembly is adjourned until April 7 because of the pandemic emergency. The Green Caucus members - David Coon, Megan Mitton, Kevin Arseneau - are continuing to work in their home ridings. In March, prior to the adjournment, the Green Caucus tabled a bill and three motions in the Legislature. Leader David Coon also released a report on his Budget with a Heart Tour, and a statement on International Women’s Day. Click on the headline for the details.

New bill:

Green Party MLA Megan Mitton Tables Bill to Ban Conversion Therapy in New Brunswick

Motions:

MLA Kevin Arseneau Tables Motion to Give Department Mandate for Food

Green MLA Tables Motion to Refer Health Reform to Committee, Release Documents on Government Health Reform Plan

Green Party Leader tables motion to further increase social assistance rates and implement basic income guarantee pilot in New Brunswick

Report: Budget with a Heart Tour – Community Priorities

Statement: Statement from the Green Party Leader on International Women’s Day


Stay safe. Stay strong.

Green Party of New Brunswick
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Fredericton, NB, E3B 3X6
Office: (506) 447-8499

Our Principles

>Living within Our Ecological Means

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Local Self-Reliance

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Real Democracy

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Social Justice and Equality

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Active Citizenship

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> A Culture of Peace and Respect

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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