Our Principles

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Sustainable living

  • It is a fundamental fact the Earth's ability to provide resources and energy to meet human demands and to absorb our waste and pollution is limited. Our primary responsibility is to learn to live within the ecological and resource limits of the planet, providing for the needs of all people, while not threatening the existence of other species nor impacting the health and vibrance of future generations.

  • Resource management must be undertaken with the long-term goal of providing for the future, as well as the immediate moment.

  • New Brunswickers have a right to healthy air, safe water and a wholesome food supply; a right to know when these are threatened or have been compromised; and a right to participate in decisions that have the potential to do harm to people and ecosystems.

  • Living within our means also means prudent use of public assets: ensuring public money and public property is used sensibly.

Local self-reliance

  • New Brunswick communities must be in charge of their own destiny to the greatest extent possible. Resilient, sustainable communities require economies that meet local needs and are locally controlled, minimizing dependency on external forces.

  • Self-reliance and resilience is built on public assets placed in the hands of and dedicated to the service of local communities.

  • Local self-reliance is integral to the shift to a society which respects the ecological and social limits of human production.

Real democracy

  • Effective democracy requires elected officials to heed, above all else, the values and opinions of the people they are elected to represent: this is a fundamental Green value.

  • New Brunswickers must have meaningful opportunities to participate in the decisions that affect their lives, created through responsive and decentralized democratic processes, structures and institutions.

  • Enthusiastic participation in elections is contingent on an electoral system in which every vote counts and results in a Legislature that reflects the diversity of political viewpoints of all New Brunswick citizens.

  • A cornerstone of any democracy is a media independent of vested and political interests, reflecting the full diversity of New Brunswick society. Without this our province’s full democratic potential cannot be realized.

Active citizenship

  • Each individual ought to have a chance to contribute to the health and well-being of their immediate area: strong, resilient local economies and cultures are vital towards creating strong, resilient citizens. To achieve that, each individual must be provided the opportunity to succeed, through easily-accessed health care, education and social services.

Social justice and equality

  • We are all diminished by the presence of poverty amidst great wealth. A caring society ensures that all people have equal access to the necessities of life and to amenities which enhance our collective human experience - health, education, quality housing, meaningful livelihoods, and cultural enrichment. Recognizing that individual wealth is socially created, the greatest burden for ensuring a just society must be borne by those with the greatest means.

  • We commit to reducing the gap between rich and poor by identifying and addressing the root causes of economic and social injustice at home and globally.

  • The full diversity of New Brunswick society – ethnic, linguistic, sexual orientation, cultural, generational – must be supported and minorities protected.

  • Women have the right to full and equal participation in all aspects of society.

  • We recognize and respect the treaty rights of First Nations and seek a trusting and respectful relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities.

Respect and co-operation

  • We declare our commitment to strive for a culture of peace and cooperation between individuals, within communities and in relations between governments and citizens.

  • We commit to reducing the vulnerability of women and children to violence by building caring and protective communities.

  • We seek a justice system centred on rehabilitation and reconciliation rather than retribution and revenge.

  • We believe that local, national and global security should rest on cooperation, just economic and social structures and relations, ecological security, and vigorous protection of human rights.

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Our Principles

> Non-Violence

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.

> Self-Determination and Citizenship

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.

> Social Justice and Equality

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

> Participatory Democracy

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.

> Local Self-Reliance

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.

> Living within Our Ecological Means

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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