THE BALL IS IN THE PREMIER’S COURT: GREEN PARTY LEADER LOOKING FOR ACTION ON AGING STRATEGY

Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South, is pleased to see such strong recommendations in the Council on Aging’s strategy released today.

“The members of the council have done an excellent job building a transformational vision for aging in New Brunswick,” said Coon. “Now the ball is in Premier Gallant’s court to see that these recommendations are implemented in a timely fashion.”

On Tuesday, the government will table its 2017/2018 budget and in the coming weeks, Coon will have the opportunity to question departments about how they will spend money in the coming year.

“The budget should reflect the priorities in the aging strategy,” said Coon.

GREEN PARTY LEADER CALLS FOR SENIORS’ INPUT ON MANDATE OF SENIORS ADVOCATE

Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South, wants seniors to have the opportunity to shape the mandate of the new seniors’ advocate.

“Since the legislation did not provide a mandate for this new role of the Child and Youth Advocate, the Legislative Assembly should ask seniors what they think,” said Coon.

Coon wants to see the Standing Committee on Social Policy hold public hearings to receive input from seniors.

On December 16th, 2016, the Child and Youth Advocate Act was amended to extend the Child and Youth Advocate’s responsibilities to seniors, as well as to adults under protection, without specifying his exact mandate. Norm Bossé, the now re-named Child, Youth and Seniors Advocate, is an officer of the Legislature, accountable to the public through the Legislative Assembly.

“Since the amended legislation doesn’t provide any direction to Mr. Bossé, the Legislative Assembly should seek input from seniors to help him develop his new mandate. The obvious place to do this is through the social policy committee,” said Coon.

GREEN PARTY LEADER CALLS FOR REGIONAL APPROACH TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South, is urging the government to act on its commitment to assist local communities to establish and implement regional economic development plans.

“While our major cities are growing, their success does not offer solutions to our rural communities and towns, beyond drawing their young people away. In fact, many rural communities and small towns have double the unemployment rates of our cities, hovering around 15%,” said Coon. “They need to have the authority and provincial support to develop local economic strategies that build on the strengths and assets unique to their regions. You would think that’s why the Regional Development Corporation was established, but it’s clearly failing to achieve its mandate,” said Coon.

Premier Gallant’s economic growth plan launched last September promised to work with communities to develop their own regional economic development strategies. In his election platform, Premier Gallant had committed to establishing locally-led economic development agencies as well.

The Regional Development Corporation (RDC) has a legislated mandate to prepare regional development plans and to coordinate and guide regional development, though it has never done so.

RDC will appear before the Crown Corporations Committee on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 at 2:00pm to have its activities from 2012 to 2015 scrutinized by MLAs to assess the effectiveness of its spending.

“RDC has spent $267 million in public funds to support regional development over the past three years, but has it actually helped develop our rural and small town economies?” asked Coon. “I am eager to find out whether this expenditure of more than a quarter billion dollars met the regional development goals of the RDC.”

GREEN PARTY LEADER TO TOUR LOW CARBON BUILDINGS IN MONCTON

Fredericton – On Friday, January 13th, David Coon, leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South will travel to Moncton to visit buildings that have been constructed to have small carbon footprints.

“Both the provincial and federal governments have new strategies to drive the transition to a low carbon economy by attacking energy waste and adopting renewable technologies. We have very talented people in New Brunswick working in these rapidly growing sectors of our economy. I’m familiar with the Fredericton-based companies, so I am excited to visit and tour some of the buildings that Moncton firms have designed and built.”

Coon will also tour the New Brunswick Community College’s Alternate Energy Systems Lab while in Moncton.

The tours will occur at the following times and locations:
– 10:30 – Residential, 9 Generation Ave
– 3:00 – NBCC Moncton Alternate Energy Systems Lab, 1234 Mountain Rd

A STATEMENT FROM THE GREEN PARTY LEADER REGARDING RESIGNATION OF NDP LEADER

Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South issued the following statement in recognition of the resignation of Dominic Cardy, leader of the New Brunswick NDP:

“I want to wish Dominic Cardy the very best, following his resignation as the leader of the New Brunswick NDP. Our archaic first-past-the-post electoral system continues to leave too much political talent on the sidelines, all too often betraying voters who are looking for an alternative to a Legislature overwhelmingly dominated by the two old parties. I have no doubt that Dominic will continue to pursue his convictions, in the articulate and intelligent manner to which New Brunswickers have become accustomed – in whatever future endeavor he chooses.”

Green Party leader tables bill to end political donations from corporations and trade unions

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Fredericton – Today, David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick, tabled a bill entitled an Act to Amend the Political Process Financing Act to eliminate political donations from corporations and trade unions.

 

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A Statement by the Green Party Leader on Remembrance Day

Fredericton – David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick issued the following statement in recognition of Remembrance Day on Friday, November 11, 2016.

Today, November 11th, we commemorate those who have lost their lives in wars and conflicts in service to our country. The consequences of their sacrifice spans the generations. For the families and friend of those who died as a result of serving in Afghanistan, the grief and hurt remain fresh. We remember your loved ones, as we remember all those who went before.

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THIRD PARTY LEADER’S RESPONSE TO SPEECH FROM THE THRONE

On 7 November 2016 David Coon delivered his response the the Speech from the Throne for the 3rd Session of the 58th Legislative Assembly. Below is the text in the language in which it was spoken:

Monsieur le Président, je suis très heureux de prendre la parole aujourd’hui pour réagir au discours du Trône au nom du troisième parti à la Chambre.

I want to acknowledge that we meet on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqey people and that our relationship is governed by treaties of peace and friendship recognized by the Constitution of Canada.

C’est un privilège de servir la population de Fredericton Sud au sein du parlement provincial et siéger comme chef du parti vert.

My Mother, Iris Page, is sitting in the public gallery today, and I want to thank her for all she did to lay down a strong foundation for the person I am today.

Mr. Speaker, it has been a 162 years since responsible government was achieved in New Brunswick. It’s called responsible government, because the Executive Council – the Cabinet – is responsible to the representatives of the people, the private members of this Legislature. And through us – responsible to the people. It was around Charles Fisher, that Albert Smith from Westmorland County, William Steeves from Hillsborough , Leonard Tilley from Gagetown, William Ritchie from Saint John, Charlotte County’s James Brown and Miramichi lawyer John Mercer Johnson gathered to defeat what amounted to a Family Compact government. The Smashers, as they were known, brought responsible government to New Brunswick and they brought transformational growth to our economy.

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LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY MUST ADOPT A PARLIAMENTARY CALENDAR

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Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South, is calling on the government to introduce a Sessional Order when the 58th Legislature resumes sitting for its 3rd Session November to enable members to agree on a parliamentary calendar to fix sitting days and committee meetings.

“Last year, early in our Second Session the Government House Leader provided a calendar that followed the typical pattern of sitting for three weeks and then taking one week outside the house,” said Coon. “A week later the government, without consultation, issued a press release that flipped this schedule on its head, scheduling only five weeks of house business for the following three months. This interfered with the proper functioning of the legislature.”

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