Green Party would establish a new department to promote rural economic development

Leader David Coon joined local farmers and forest workers today, releasing the Green Party rural protection plan.

“For too long, governments have pursued economic development out of Fredericton, by degrading our natural resources around the province and giving hand-outs to large, profitable corporations,” said Coon. “I’m proud to say that a Green government would flip this model on its head – we need to protect our lands and forests, end the natural resource giveaway, and make financing available to small and medium-sized businesses, invested in their local economies.”

Coon says the Green Party plans for expanding sustainable agriculture and implementing a local food strategy with aggressive targets for increasing the local food production to replace imports.

“To grow our economy, we have to use the talent and the resources we have here and stop giving away our valuable natural resources,” says Coon. “Crown forests – those controlled by the provincial government - are a public trust and must be managed in a way that upholds treaty obligations to First Nations, provides sustainable livelihoods and economic opportunities for forest-dependent communities, and maintains the ecological integrity of the forest.”

To protect and grow rural communities the Green Party platform includes commitments to:

  • Consolidate the various economic development agencies into a Department of Community and Rural Development.
  • Simplify the establishment of Community Economic Development Investment Funds and make them eligible for investments from RRSPs and TFSAs – to facilitate access to investment funds for local enterprises.
  • Implement a local food strategy with measurable targets.
  • Develop a bio-economy strategy - bioenergy, bioplastics, and biochemicals - that would sustainably utilize renewable resources from our forests, farms and fisheries, including their processing wastes.
  • Increase in-province tourism by maintaining and restoring covered bridges and river ferries.
  • Immediately cancel the 25-year forestry contracts signed by the Alward government in 2014 and return softwood from private woodlots as the primary source of supply to the mills.
  • Give farmers greater power in the marketplace by supporting marketing cooperatives and supply management systems and support education and training opportunities for new farmers.

The full platform can be found here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/bed666ce-15d5-472c-ae5b-a9158e7f5e56

 

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shannon.carmont@greenpartynb.ca

Green would take action to ease university and college students’ debt, says Coon

(Fredericton) Party Leader David Coon says pursuing a post-secondary education in New Brunswick should not leave students, graduates and their families with big debts and worries about growing interest rates on loans, announcing the Green’s commitment today in Fredericton.

“I’m proud that the New Brunswick Greens’ platform stands out from the other parties by demonstrating our commitment to the long-term goal of extending the public education system to include post secondary institutions through universal, free tuition,” says Coon. “But the immediate priority must be to act to address the crushing debts carried by many graduates and current students.”

“As our sons and daughters hit the books this fall, or enter the workforce with their new degree or trade certificate, the last thing they need is that constant worry about paying back student loans and carrying high interest rates on those loans,” says Coon.

Coon says a Green government would:

  • Eliminate interest on provincial student loans, as Nova Scotia has done.
  • Reduce the cap for the Timely Completion Benefit Program to $20,000 and extend the eligibility period to account for special circumstances.
  • Reinstate the tuition rebate program for recent graduates.
  • Develop comprehensive, accessible adult French and English training programs to increase fluency in the two official languages, in cooperation with the community colleges.


The full platform can be found here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/bed666ce-15d5-472c-ae5b-a9158e7f5e56

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Media Contact: Shannon Carmont
506.440.4980
shannon.carmont@greenpartynb.ca

Act immediately to reduce carbon pollution to protect New Brunswickers, says Coon

 

(Fredericton) Green Party leader David Coon says a Green government would make New Brunswick a leader in building safe, climate change resilient communities. Coon says the lack of leadership on this vital issue to-date has held the province back, putting homes and jobs at risk.

Coon released the Party’s climate change action commitments today, which includes tough new limits on greenhouse gases for large polluters, strict requirements for NB Power to provide 50% of our electricity needs from renewable sources such a wind and solar energy, stronger protection for our forests and wetlands to protect New Brunswickers from heavy rain storms and sea level rise, and investments in home energy conservation.

“Climate change action requires strong leadership, not rhetoric,” says Coon. “A province-wide effort that moves us more quickly towards renewable energy and away from coal, oil and gas is warranted. If we take one lesson from the growing incidence of Lyme disease, the ice storm, and this spring’s dangerous floods, it must be that we need to protect our communities from the impact of our changing climate and rapidly invest in new jobs and training.”

“The obsessive bickering between the old parties of Higgs and Gallant over the carbon tax is a distraction from the urgent actions we need to take to avoid this crisis. A carbon tax is not a plan to fight climate change, it is one tool in the toolbox. The Green Party has a plan which we are ready to act on now.”

The Green Party’s commitments on climate change and green energy include:

  • Legislation to put a cap on industrial carbon pollution
  • Requiring that NB Power use renewable energy sources (wind, solar, hydro) to provide 50 percent of our electricity needs by 2025, 75 percent by 2035 and 100 percent by 2050.
  • Financing energy efficiency upgrades for homes and businesses to meet new provincial targets to reduce energy demand.
  • Providing financing and incentives to homeowners and businesses to convert from oil and gas to local sources of renewable energy.
  • Ensuring New Brunswickers are served by an effective public transportation system, including buses, marine and river ferries and rail.
  • Protecting intact forests, wetlands, salt marshes and flood plains as buffers against climate change impacts such as flooding and sea level rise.
  • Support the training/re-training of workers in fossil fuel industries and young people to meet the labour needs of the green economy

David Coon has 30 years of experience in climate change. He is a past-chair of the Canadian Climate Action Network, served on the Legislature’s all-party select committee on climate change in 2016, participated in the United Nations Climate Summits in Paris in 2005, and in Montreal in 2005, played a role in the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers 2001 climate action plan, and contributed to the development of Canada very first climate action plan in 1994.

The full platform can be found here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/bed666ce-15d5-472c-ae5b-a9158e7f5e56

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Media Contact: Shannon Carmont
506.440.4980
shannon.carmont@greenpartynb.ca

Green Party releases smart home care plan: increasing salaries for workers

Green Party releases smart home care plan: increasing salaries for workers

(Waterborough) Green Party leader David Coon says New Brunswick needs a smart, robust, new system to provide quality home care for the province’s seniors and those living with a disability.

Coon released the Green Party’s home care platform today at the Women’s Institute in Waterborough, New Brunswick.

“Everywhere I go in New Brunswick, I see demand for quality home care increasing, but our senior citizens and their family members are hitting a wall of inadequacy in current services — the system designed by the Conservative and the Liberal parties in this province just isn’t working, not for our elders, not for New Brunswickers with disabilities, and not for the workers who provide essential services for people in their homes,” says Coon.

“The Green Party knows that a flexible, multi-faceted system that matches up needs with care is what we need, and that cannot be delivered by a one size fits all profit driven model,” says Coon. “That old fashioned approach leads to lower in-home care standards and drives wages for the women and men who provide care down to unacceptable levels,” he says.

The commitment from the Green Party platform includes:

  • Increase training requirements for homecare workers to support workers in their professional development;
  • Increase salaries for home-care workers to ensure a living wage;
  • Improve standards for in-home care to ensure individuals are having their needs met

The full platform can be found here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/bed666ce-15d5-472c-ae5b-a9158e7f5e56

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Media Contact: Shannon Carmont
506.440.4980
shannon.carmont@greenpartynb.ca

Creating green jobs and local enterprise should be New Brunswick’s economic strategy

(Saint John) Green Leader David Coon released his party’s economic development strategy today, saying the mission of government should be to help communities and businesses create jobs for a made-in-New Brunswick, greener economy.

The Green Party leader says that 10% shift in consumer spending on imported goods and services to New Brunswick-made products would create 14,000 jobs and add $1.8 billion to the provincial economy annually.

“The Green Party platform contains a practical, achievable plan that will strengthen local economies in both our rural communities and our cities,” says Coon, “a plan that stops the flow of government subsidies to a handful of large corporations.”

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Highlights of the Green Party economic development commitments include:

  • Redirect loan guarantees and payroll rebates from supporting large, profitable corporations, to local enterprises.
  • Develop an import substitution strategy that would increase the local production of essential goods and services.
  • Consolidate the various economic development agencies into a Department of Community and Rural Development.

The full platform can be found here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/bed666ce-15d5-472c-ae5b-a9158e7f5e56

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Media Contact: Shannon Carmont
506.440.4980
shannon.carmont@greenpartynb.ca

Green Party releases plan to address poverty

 

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30 August 2018

Green Party releases plan to address poverty: Basic Income Guarantee

(Fredericton) Party leader David Coon says a Green government would face poverty issues head-on, by replacing inadequate social assistance rates with a basic income guarantee.

Coon today released the Green Party commitments to address poverty, saying that inadequate incomes are all too common in New Brunswick, where about 100,000 people live below the poverty line.

“Louis J. Robichaud commissioned a task force on social development that recommended a basic income guarantee for New Brunswick back in 1970. The Tory government that replaced his, scrapped the recommendation and the Liberals haven’t picked it up since,” said Coon. “Today the Greens build on a proud history of progressive solutions to the challenges we face in New Brunswick.”

“New Brunswick will thrive if everyone has the means to fully participate in the economic, social and political life of their cities, towns and rural communities,” said Coon.

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The Green Party platform commitments to address poverty include:

  • Raising the minimum wage by $1.00 per year to $15.25 per hour, and then index it to inflation, so working people do not have to use food banks to make ends meet.
  • Piloting a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) program in three regions for three years with the objective of phasing it in over time.
  • Immediately increasing social assistance rates for individuals by 13% for single people and 5% for other recipients, and then index the rates to inflation.

The full platform can be found here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/bed666ce-15d5-472c-ae5b-a9158e7f5e56

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Media Contact: Shannon Carmont
506.440.4980
shannon.carmont@greenpartynb.ca

 

 

Media Availability with David Coon & Elizabeth May

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29 August 2018

Media Availability with David Coon and Elizabeth May 

Fredericton – NB Green Party leader David Coon and Federal Green party leader Elizabeth May will hold a general media availability on the front lawn of the Legislative Assembly in Fredericton Thursday August 30, at 11:00. 

Details:

WHAT: Media Availability 
WHERE: Legislative Assembly, Fredericton
WHEN: 11:00, Thursday August 30

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Media Contact: Shannon Carmont
506.440.4980
shannon.carmont@greenpartynb.ca
 

Le 29 août 2018

Point de presse avec David Coon et Elizabeth May

Fredericton – David Coon, chef du Parti vert du N.-B. et Elizabeth May, chef du Parti vert du Canada animeront un point de press devant l'Assemblée Législative à Fredericton le jeudi 30 août à 11h.

Les détails :

ÉVÉNEMENT : Point de presse
OÙ : Assemblée Législative, Fredericton
QUAND : 11h, le jeudi 30 août

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Media Contact: Shannon Carmont
506.440.4980
shannon.carmont@greenpartynb.ca

 

Greens commit to community lead health care reform, cancel extra-mural privatization

Sackville - Leader David Coon said a Green government would build out a community-based health care system that would put citizens and care givers needs before private companies’ profits.

Coon released the party’s commitment to health care reform today, saying health policy should be guided by engaged citizens, an increased focus on illness prevention, more local health care centers, shorter wait times for essential care and an immediate creation of 40 new nurse practitioner positions in the province.

“We’ve all witnessed the decline in our public health care system, whether it’s by personally experiencing the over-crowded emergency rooms or long wait times to get a family doctor or extra care for our aging parents and grandparents. Tinkering around the edges of health care reform is not working. If we start to rebuild the system, taking a community-centered focus with family health teams in the lead, we will get the expert care our family members both need and deserve.”

Coon says the other parties talk about transforming the way we do things in health care or seniors care, but that without transforming the system itself, the results will continue to be nothing more than cosmetic. “Too many people will continue to be poorly served or fall through the cracks of the system altogether. Those who deliver our public services will continue to burn out, and it will become ever more difficult to recruit new employees,” he said.

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The Green Party health care policy includes commitments to:

  • Cancel the contract with the private company Medavie for managing our extra-mural health services and return management responsibilities to Horizon and Vitalité.
  • Place our ambulance services under public management and initiate a public inquiry into how they can be improved.  
  • Give hospitals the authority to make decisions about how best to provide timely access and care to patients and enable all staff to collaborate to implement them.
  • Reduce wait times for primary health care, create 40 new nurse practitioner positions, and allow nurse practitioners and pharmacists to bill Medicare for health services.
  • Add eight new community health-care centers staffed by collaborative family health care teams, including mental health professionals and nurse practitioners.
  • Integrate midwives into each of New Brunswick’s health regions.

The full platform can be found here: http://www.greenpartynb.ca/2018_platform

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Media Contact: Shannon Carmont
506.440.4980
shannon.carmont@greenpartynb.ca



Green party response on the question of a French language leaders’ debate

David Coon
Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick
403, Regent Street, Suite 102
Fredericton, NB, E3B 3X6

24 August 2018

Subject: Green party response on the question of a French language leaders’ debate

It is with disappointment that I learned yesterday that Radio Canada Acadie will ultimately not hold a leaders’ debate in French due to a conflict between Mr. Higgs of the Progressive Conservative party and Mr. Gallant of the Liberal party.

This conflict over the format of the televised French debate – an essential media event in any election campaign – unfairly deprives a third of the population of New Brunswick of an essential source of political information, essential to our democratic process.

Even as we, in New Brunswick, are on the eve of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, passed in 1969 by Louis J. Robichaud, we cannot forget article 16.1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We therefore recognise the equality of status, rights, and privileges for both the French and English linguistic communities of New Brunswick.

Respect for and protection of New Brunswick’s two Official Languages and its French and English linguistic communities is a defining characteristic of New Brunswick. Without a French debate it is the Acadian and francophone communities with their own issues that are being ignored.

The Green party of New Brunswick is ready to work with the other parties for the well-being of all communities in our province. We are dedicated to respect for and the protection of our two official languages.

We hope all the parties and their leaders overcome this partisanship and demonstrate respect for real equality between the two linguistic communities.

I am hoping for a solution to this problem and an invitation to a leader’s debate in French.

David Coon
Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswcick

Latest Greens brings small business and worldly experience to campaign

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Latest Greens bring small business and worldly experience to campaign

Small business operators, a successful artist, and an internationally recognized journalist are among the latest candidates representing the Green Party of New Brunswick in the next general election.

"People ask me all the time about whether more Greens will be elected on September 24th, and I like nothing better than describing the excellent candidates we have in every corner of our province," said Green Party leader David Coon. "Today we are announcing eight more, bringing our total number of candidates to-date to a total of 31. There is a tremendous appetite to vote for an alternative to the Liberals and PCs, so I know that New Brunswickers will be sending Green MLAs in good numbers to the Legislative Assembly on September 24th."

Coon has every reason to be excited. Included in the latest group of Greens entering the election are a wide variety of capable, passionate candidates.

Former journalist Doug James is best known for his work as a foreign correspondent for CNN, where he covered the first Gulf War, the Palestinian Intifada and the fall of the Berlin Wall. He will represent the Greens in Saint John-Lancaster.

Tamara White has, for the last seven years, managed an award-winning architectural firm based in Fredericton. She has led to its growth by practicing values of hard work, fair and equitable wages, effective communication and fiscal responsibility, while at the same time also supporting other local businesses. She will represent the Greens in Fredericton North.

Former teacher Louann Savage is elevating her passion for all things Miramichi by running in that riding.

Bruce Dryer, who holds a degree in biology from UNBSJ – focussing on marine and environmental biology – will carry the Green Banner in Kings-Centre. Bruce has been interested and actively involved in politics and political issues most of his life and actively volunteered in campaigns the past three provincial elections.

Edmundston-Centre will see a familiar face represent the Greens, as she currently sits as a councilor for Lake Baker Village, elected in 2016. Sophie Vaillancourt is part of several environmental and preventive health care committees in her area.
Mural artist Fred Harrison, whose 20-year career includes painting some of the famous murals in Sussex, is the Green Party candidate for Sussex-Fundy-St. Martins.

In Moncton East, Matthew Ian Clark, a certified accounting technician, will represent the Greens.
Landscape business owner Mario Comeau is the Green candidate in Restigouche-Chaleur. Mario currently serves on the local service district for the Parish of Beresford.

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