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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Public Input Required to Rewrite Municipalities Legislation

13 APRIL 2016

Fredericton – The government of New Brunswick is working on a massive overhaul of the Municipalities and Community Planning Acts, hoping to introduce new legislation this fall. David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick is asking government to commence a meaningful public discussion on its legislative proposals before they are presented as bills in the Legislature.

“It is essential that communities have more power to be masters of their own destinies, but legislative changes must not re-introduce old inequalities,” said Coon.

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Green Jobs Bill Gets its Day in the Sun

06 APRIL 2016

Fredericton – David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick, introduced Bill 5, the Green Jobs Act, on December 2, 2015. On Thursday April 7, 2016 the Green Jobs Act bill will be debated at 2nd reading to determine whether a majority of MLAs will support the bill in principle so it can be sent to committee for clause by clause study and possible amendments.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing my Green Jobs bill debated,” said Coon. “This piece of legislation is a collaborative work that we built through months of consultation. I toured the province, visiting eight communities, meeting with hundreds of New Brunswickers to discuss how my bill could help build a green economy. If adopted, it would rapidly create jobs in every corner of our province.”

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Green Party Leader Seeks Resolution for Unionized Covered Bridge Employees

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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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