A STATEMENT ON NEW BRUNSWICK DAY

02 AUGUST 2016

flag_map_of_new_brunswick-999px.pngFredericton – 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.

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GREEN PARTY LEADER ATTENDS NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF PARLIAMENTARIANS

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.”

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Green Party Leader’s Bills to Die on the Order Paper

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.”

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Canada Day: A time to celebrate our diversity

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.

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NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR RECONCILIATION

21 JUNE 2016

Fredericton – On National Aboriginal Day, David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South is calling on the government to prioritize reconciliation with the First Nations of New Brunswick: the Wolastoqiyik, the Mi’kmaq, and the Passamaquoddy.

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A statement from the Green Party leader on World Oceans Day

08 JUNE 2016

Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South, issued the following statement in recognition of World Ocean’s Day:

“We must remember that our over-dependence on fossil fuels is not only destabilizing our climate, but the resulting carbon pollution is acidifying our ocean waters right here in New Brunswick. Unabated, this could pose a risk to the health of our lobster fishery in the long-term,” said Coon.

One third of all carbon emissions are absorbed at the ocean surface and converted into carbonic acid, creating a more acidic environment for marine life. Federal fisheries scientists have already recorded increased acidity in both the Bay of Fundy and the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence over the last 75 years.

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Canadian Environment Week

05 JUNE 2016

A Time to Commit

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An Open Letter to:

17 MAY 2016

Premier Brian Gallant
Premier Wade MacLauchlin
Premier Stephen McNeil
Premier Dwight Ball

Disparity between the Atlantic provinces and the rest of Canada continues. Successive governments in Ottawa have historically made particular choices in public policy, industrial subsidies and infrastructure spending that have strengthened Québec, Ontario and the West to the detriment of Atlantic Canada. However, the new imperative to move toward a carbon-free economy provides our region with the opportunity to secure the collective well-being and livelihoods of our people and communities for generations to come.

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Green Party Leader Concerned with new Student Summer Job Program

12 MAY 2016

Fredericton – On Friday May 6, David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South, wrote the Minister of Post - Education, Training and Labour, Francine Landry, to express his concerns about the redesign of the province’s student summer job program.

“When they registered in April, students did not realize they were competing for scarce vouchers to be eligible for provincially subsidized summer work,” said Coon. “Furthermore, the private sector is now eligible to hire provincially subsidized students, which has put non-profit community groups at a distinct disadvantage.”

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World Earth Day: Time for Climate Action

21 APRIL 2016

Fredericton – In recognition of World Earth Day on Friday, April 22, David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick would like to see the Select Committee on Climate Change commence its work.

“On Earth Day, Prime Minister Trudeau will be in New York to sign the Paris Agreement, committing Canada to do its part to avoid 2 degrees warming,” said Coon. “If New Brunswick is to do its fair share to reduce fossil fuel use, we must begin to act. To do that, our Select Committee must begin its work now.”

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>Living within Our Ecological Means

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Local Self-Reliance

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Real Democracy

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Social Justice and Equality

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Active Citizenship

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> A Culture of Peace and Respect

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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