August 2020 Newsletter

Happy New Brunswick Day!

The Green Party of New Brunswick Provincial Council, our leader, MLAs, staff and volunteers wish all our members a safe and enjoyable holiday on August 3.

Green Party update

Behind the scenes, Party volunteers are active on committees and Registered District Associations (RDAs) across the province. In July the Green Party Provincial Council adopted a gender equity plan and struck a committee to put it into action. After the Provincial Legislature was recessed at the end of June, the Party continued its recruitment of nominees who could stand as candidates for the next provincial election. We refined the process for vetting potential candidates and are working with the RDAs to identify suitable applicants for nomination. 

At a strategic planning session in Fredericton, we welcomed new members to the Provincial Council from across the province elected at the online AGM in June. Council members discussed ways to improve volunteer coordination and fundraising. Particularly important is increasing the number of active RDAs to engage Green Party members and potential voters in all regions of New Brunswick. Keeping in touch with members and supporters during the pandemic has been a challenge and we are considering new outreach activities.

Are you interested to run as a Green Party candidate in the next provincial election?

Applications are open in many districts to find candidates to run for the Green Party of New Brunswick in the next provincial election or by-election. The first stage is to find and approve people to be nomination contestants.

We invite everyone interested to be a GPNB candidate to apply soon to ensure you are eligible to present in a nomination contest and to receive information that will help support your nomination. The process to be a nomination contestant as well as the application package is available on our website:
http://www.greenpartynb.ca/nomination_contestant_application

News from Green MLAs

Our Green MLAs were busy in July while the Provincial Legislature was in recess. Here's some key achievements, actions and statements. For more information, click on the headline.

Indigenous Languages Bill tabled by Green MLA passes committee stage
On July 14, Memramcook-Tantramar MLA Megan Mittons’s bill, An Act to Amend the Education Act was passed through to third reading by the Legislature’s Standing Committee on Economic Policy. The bill would enshrine the teaching of Indigenous languages in New Brunswick’s public education curriculum.

Green caucus calls for better supports for students following tuition hikes
Green Party Leader and MLA for Fredericton-South David Coon and Green Education Critic and MLA Megan Mitton are calling for the provincial government to provide better supports for students after all four public universities in New Brunswick announced tuition increases for the upcoming school year.

Green Party leader backs Chiefs’ call for public inquiry into systemic racism
An inquiry into systemic anti-indigenous racism in our policing and justice systems would hold a mirror up to our society, and will be startling for many New Brunswickers, according to Green Party leader David Coon. All the more important, according to Coon, is that we see our society reflected back to us the way indigenous people experience it.

Campobello Island residents need year-round direct access to their own country: Green Party leader
In early July, Green Party leader David Coon boarded the ferry to Campobello Island in his efforts to bring an affordable year-round ferry to the Island, connecting it to the New Brunswick mainland. “After meeting with Campobello mayor and several concerned citizens on the Island, I am more convinced than ever that it is time for a year-round ferry to Campobello,” said Coon.

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The Legislative Assembly is recessed until September 15. Some committee work will continue through the summer. As well, David Coon, Kevin Arseneau and Megan Mitton will continue to work on behalf of their constituents and all New Brunswickers. The MLAs and staff are at work even though the riding offices are temporarily closed to in-person meetings. Click here to find out how to get in touch with them.

COVID-19 information

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

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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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