David Coon, the Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick, is calling on Finance Minister Blaine Higgs to return to taxation levels of 2008 to fight New Brunswick's deficit. "We have a revenue problem, not a spending problem, so he needs to restore the revenue we lost when the Liberals recklessly cut taxes in their 2009 budget," said Green Party Leader David Coon.
The provincial government's financial update released on Thursday projects the deficit to be $173 million larger than originally forecast. In response Finance Minister Blaine Higgs has said he will cut spending even further.
22 OCTOBER 2012
As Education Minister Jody Carr hints at reneging on this year's school budgets, Green Party Leader David Coon has learned that New Brunswick earned absolutely nothing from the conventional natural gas Corridor Resources pumped out of New Brunswick in the second quarter of this year. (http://www.corridor.ca/investors/documents/Q22012FinancialReport.pdf).
"We haven't got a spending problem in our schools, we have a revenue problem from our natural resources" said David Coon, Leader of the New Brunswick Green Party. "It is irresponsible to be giving them away. These are non-renewable resources," said Coon.Continue reading
17 OCTOBER 2012
The Green Party of New Brunswick is observing the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17th. “The theme of the 2012 observance is ‘Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty’. It serves as a reminder that poverty kills more children and adults that any war. “The New Brunswick Green Party, together with its federal counterpart is the only party advocating making poverty history through a Guaranteed Livable Income,” said New Brunswick Green Leader, David Coon.
October 17th is an opportunity to focus the attention of all New Brunswickers on poverty in our province. The Green Party congratulates the initiative of the Common Front for Social Justice to hold its 4th Poverty Summit in Bathurst today and in Moncton on Saturday. They are on the frontline of the fight against poverty.Continue reading
11 APRIL 2012
At their recent annual meeting, members of the NB Green Party voted to endorse a legal challenge being launched by several anti-fracking community groups. Renewable Energy Advocate Rick Roth says “This is a courageous challenge to the Conservative government’s ill-advised rush to industrialize large areas of New Brunswick in search of shale gas revenues.”
A collection of concerned citizens groups called Know Shale Gas NB has banded together to challenge Government plans to exploit shale gas in New Brunswick. Two representatives of one group, Hampton Water First, brought their proposal forward to the Green Party AGM on March 24th.Continue reading
04 MARCH 2011
Green Party Supports Student March on the Legislature
The New Brunswsick Green Party supports post-secondary students in New Brunswick in their efforts to get the attention of the government on the issue of financing their education. The Alward government has signalled its intention to cut services in its upcoming budget in an attempt to get the deficit under control. Students want to make sure that what is already an untenable situation does not get even worse.
Green Party post-secondary education advocate Kathleen MacDougall stated, « Students are already labouring under a huge debt load at the end of their time in college or university. Many are forced to leave the province after graduation in order to find jobs that pay well enough to support those debts. This trend has to be reversed if New Brunswick is going to advance. Any budget cuts that make that problem worse might look good on the provincial balance sheets, but it will undermine the educational and life prospects for our young people, and the long term prospects of our province. »Continue reading
24 SEPTEMBER 2010
It’s About the Next Generation
Green Party leader Jack MacDougall says it is inexcusable that none of the other parties have addressed the environment in their platforms. New Brunswickers deserve to have the right to clean air and clean water, so Green MLA s will work to enact an Environmental Bill of Rights to entrench those rights in law, said the Green Party Leader.
Citizens victimized by pollution or a contaminated environment have often complained that the Department of Environment is unresponsive to their concerns and that the justice system is not an option.Continue reading
Green Party leader Jack MacDougall announced today that a Green government would overhaul the 30-year old Crown Lands and Forests Act to create Community Forests within and adjacent to municipalities and First Nations. Rural communities would have the authority to control the use of nearby forest resources and keep a portion of the stumpage fees.
18 SEPTEMBER 2010
It’s About the Next Generation
Green Party leader Jack MacDougall announced today that the Green Party’s poverty reduction plan begins with putting more money into the hands of those who need it most. The party would immediately increase income assistance rates to the Newfoundland and Labrador level, the highest in the Atlantic region. Over time the rates would increase until they reach the low income cut-off level for New Brunswick as set by Statistics Canada. New Brunswick social assistance levels are among the lowest in Canada.
For a government to commit to reducing poverty and then pay social assistance rates far below the poverty line is hypocritical, MacDougall stated. That is permanently entrenching people in poverty who are not able to participate in the workforce, and keeping those people who need temporary help from getting themselves out of a rut.Continue reading
15 SEPTEMBER 2010
08 SEPTEMBER 2010
It’s About the Next Generation
Green Party leader Jack MacDougall presented his slate of candidates and released his Party’s election platform at a news conference in Fredericton today.
“In our very first campaign we have exceeded all expectations with our slate of 51 candidates, of which 24 are women,” said MacDougall. “Our candidates are Francophone, Anglophone and First Nation – we have students and seniors, policy experts and farmers, small business owners and municipal councilors, educators and public servants – united by a common commitment to help transform New Brunswick into a truly just and sustainable societyContinue reading