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The Green Party has tremendous potential to change the conversation in New Brunswick, and then change the path we take into the future
All over the province there are people taking actions on their own to try to reshape the future. They are building local food systems and local economies, adopting renewable energy and designing net zero energy buildings, managing woodlots and farms sustainably, greening urban life, and taking charge of the direction of their communities. I want to position the Green Party to champion this emerging sustainability revolution, both outside the Legislature as part of the growing movement for sustainability, and inside the Legislature through our first elected MLAs.
I have traveled to every corner of New Brunswick. I have worked with citizens, educators and community groups; fishermen, farmers and woodlot owners; labour unions, public servants and scientists; and with First Nations, public servants and journalists. The people I have worked with know that I am devoted to our province and to advancing the common good.
I want to help build a New Brunswick where our children will want to stay and build their lives, and where young people from elsewhere will be attracted to settle. New Brunswick can become the epicentre of the sustainability revolution in Canada. It is just bubbling under the surface now. Together we can build it into a force that will capture both hearts and minds, providing a sense of hope in the face of what can sometimes seem like overwhelming challenges.
David Coon was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick on September 22, 2014 to represent the people of Fredericton South. He became the first elected Green MLA in New Brunswick history, and the third Green parliamentarian elected in Canada. Mr. Coon has served as the Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick since winning the leadership of his party in 2012.
Mr. Coon is a member of the Standing Committees on Public Accounts, Crown Corporations and Economic Policy. He is also a member of the Legislative Administration Committee and served as a member of the Select Committee on Climate Change.
After earning a science degree at McGill University in 1978, Mr. Coon began a 32 year career as an environmental educator, organizer and advocate – much of it at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. He has provided education and training in energy efficient home renovation and home-based renewable energy systems, writing a regular column for the Globe and Mail on the topic. During his time as Policy Director at the Conservation Council, Mr. Coon's work to protect drinking water led to the creation of New Brunswick’s Clean Water Act and to the province's Petroleum Product Handling and Storage Regulation. This earned the New Brunswick environmental organization the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Global 500 award. He later was awarded a silver medallion from the Canadian Environmental Achievement Awards for his work in advancing public policy on climate change, both provincially and nationally.
Mr. Coon has been a determined advocate for community-based ecological resource management and land use. He worked with commercial fishermen’s organizations to establish the Bay of Fundy Fisheries Council to advance community-based fishery management. His collaboration with the National Farmers Union helped create the first agricultural conservation club in New Brunswick.
He was a founding director of Canada’s first community supported agricultural initiative, Harvest Share Co-operative on Keswick Ridge, co-founded the New Brunswick Community Land Trust.
Since his election in 2014, David Coon has introduced private member’s bills aimed at increasing local food security and expanding local agriculture, creating jobs in energy efficient building renovations and renewable energy, lowering the voting age, protecting citizens against frivolous lawsuits, and making the teaching of the First Nations’ experience mandatory in the public school system. He has championed improving access to both mental and primary health care.
In his riding of Fredericton South, Mr. Coon has established permanent round tables for youth and seniors to ensure he can represent their concerns in the Legislative Assembly. He continues to work with community members and organizations to help shape a sustainable, prosperous, and vibrant community in Fredericton. Mr. Coon and his wife, Janice Harvey, live in Skyline Acres and have two daughters.