1. Green Economy
[no text provided in AGM policy document; motion for this policy carried at AGM, but without text as well.]
2. Community Economic Development
A Green government would:
work with the federal government to increase the percentage of investment made in NB by financial institutions operating in NB;
update and expand the Cooperative Associations Act to include provisions for all kinds of co-ops and allow co-ops to issue preferred shares to promote access to new capital;
establish community economic development investment funds (CEDIFs) and micro-lending programs administered by member-owned credit unions and caisses populaires;
provide tax credits for investment in CEDIFs;
create a provincial loan guarantee program and a loan capitalization program to assist new and expanding co-ops;
develop co-op investment plans that encourage co-op members to invest/reinvest in NB co-ops;
reorient economic development agencies to include co-ops in their business development and support programs;
work with co-op associations to increase funding, training, and promotion of co-ops as a viable (even priority) business option; and
ensure that local communities are the first point of contact for local and provincial business/economic development proposals.
3. Social Economy
A Green government would:
• work with both federal and municipal governments to support the social economy through efforts such Transition Towns and Fair Trade Towns;
• establish new guidelines for regional and municipal planning processes to allow for the development of Eco-Villages which use innovative technologies and building techniques that do not necessarily conform to existing codes and practices;
• establish a Department of Sustainable Community Enterprise Development whose role would be to use the social enterprise model tie together the Green Party’s goals of poverty reduction, social justice, local self-reliance and environmental sustainability. It would foster the expansion of local organic agriculture, construction of houses for low income families and community recreation facilities, community forestry, alternative forest-based enterprises, and alternative energy projects. Some features include a local board, employment for the chronically unemployed/underemployed including persons with disabilities, pay a living wage, sell products and services at market prices, provide on the job training, receive government subsidies equal to some portion of social assistance payments
4. Appropriate Technology
The application of appropriate technology has a great potential to dramatically reduce our ecological impact, such as in agricultural, industrial, or waste processes. A Green government would:
require the use of ecological engineering systems for new and upgraded municipal and commercial waste water systems; and
support integrated urban agriculture which utilizes waste heat and vacant lots or unused space, and produces a local food supply for local markets.
5. Import Substitution
A Green government would establish an import substitution strategy to replace imported goods and services with ones provided from within the province. This would keep more money circulating in the local economy, creating jobs and financing business start-ups at home rather than outside the province.
6. Made in NB
A Green government would establish a ‘Made in NB’ preferred procurement policy to promote provincial economic development.