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.Continue reading
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.
12 OCTOBER 2016
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.”
08 SEPTEMBER 2016
Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South is concerned that the Economic Growth Plan ignores important economic opportunities in the green economy.
“I’m pleased that the premier has identified local food and the smart grid as growth opportunities for New Brunswick as I have championed both of these files. However, an economic action plan that ignores climate change is incomplete,” said Coon. “There are real economic growth opportunities for New Brunswick in clean technology, transportation, green building construction and renovation, and in the bio-economy with more immediate and sustained growth potential than the Energy East pipeline.”
15 AUGUST 2016
FREDERICTON - On August 15, the Green Party of New Brunswick and David Coon, Leader of the Green Party and MLA for Fredericton South, encourage everyone to celebrate National Acadian Day and to attend their local celebrations on this occasion.
"This day of celebration is a day to recognize the tenacity, determination and resilience of the Acadian people, and to celebrate the vitality of l’Acadie today. The reality of l’Acadie today is central to our identity as a province. " said David Coon.
04 AUGUST 2016
Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton toured two bio-fuel producers in northern New Brunswick on Thursday July 28th.
“I was pleased to be able to visit Groupe Savoie in Saint-Quentin and Laforge Bioenvironmental in Saint-André to see their bio-fuel generation setups first hand,” said Coon. “Using the wood, wood waste, and food waste to generate carbon-neutral renewable fuel sources is brilliant both economically and for the climate.”
02 AUGUST 2016
Fredericton – David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick gave the following statement in recognition of New Brunswick Day:
“New Brunswick Day is a time to be with family, friends and neighbours. I will be participating in the official celebrations for New Brunswick Day in St. Stephen with my family.
19 JULY 2016
Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South, is in St. John’s, Newfoundland this week to explore and share ideas from effective parliaments across Canada.
“I’m looking forward to many sessions, including one session on how to ensure all-party committees are effective,” said Coon. “This is timely for us as we begin ramping up our efforts at the Select Committee on Climate Change this summer.”
08 JULY 2016
Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South, is disappointed that his four bills and motion look like they will die on the order paper with the house adjourning this week.
“The sporadic house schedule introduced by the government this session has meant that I didn’t even get halfway through my legislative agenda,” said Coon. “Two of my bills never even got to second reading.”
01 JULY 2016
Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South made the following statement in recognition of Canada Day:
“Today is a day we gather together with friends, family and neighbours to celebrate our home - Canada. This is a very special Canada day, as it will be the first for the hundreds of Syrian families and other newcomers who we have welcomed to New Brunswick in the past year.