MLA Declaration - Oct 10

For Immediate Release
10 October 2018
Green Caucus Invites all MLAs to collaborate in the Legislature

Fredericton – The Green caucus, including David Coon, Leader and MLA for Fredericton South, Kevin Arseneau, MLA for Kent North, and Megan Mitton, MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar, held a news conference to release a copy of a Declaration of Intent they have drafted for the consideration of all MLAs to declare their willingness to collaborate in the Legislative Assembly once a government has been formed.

Following the election on September 24th Green Party Leader David Coon has spoken to Brian Gallant, Blaine Higgs and Kris Austin about the election results. Coon met with both Mr. Gallant and Mr. Higgs throughout the week of October 1st.

“After several days of useful discussions with the leaders of the Liberal and Progressive Conservative parties, it became clear the conditions for formal agreements of confidence and supply are not present,” said Coon. “However, once a government is in place, New Brunswickers want to see all of us cooperate to find solutions to the challenges we face, so our caucus has drafted a Declaration of Intent to cooperate for all MLAs to consider endorsing, based on the values we share as New Brunswickers.”

Our Principles

>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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