Platform Launched

08 SEPTEMBER 2010

It’s About the Next Generation

Green Party leader Jack MacDougall presented his slate of candidates and released his Party’s election platform at a news conference in Fredericton today.

“In our very first campaign we have exceeded all expectations with our slate of 51 candidates, of which 24 are women,” said MacDougall.  “Our candidates are Francophone, Anglophone and First Nation – we have students and seniors, policy experts and farmers, small business owners and municipal councilors, educators and public servants – united by a common commitment to help transform New Brunswick into a truly just and sustainable society

The Green Party’s 32 page platform lays out its vision for the future of New Brunswick, organized into seven themes.  These are:

  1. Real Democracy
  2. People and Families First
  3. Self-Reliant Communities
  4. Building a Culture of Sustainability
  5. A Green Economy
  6. Energy Self-Reliance
  7. Living Within Our Financial Means

“Our platform is not a collection of promises designed to buy votes or curry favour with particular groups.  It reflects a set of values which underpin a truly just and sustainable society, and it provides the roadmap to get there,” said MacDougall.  “The decisions we make today shape the future of our children and grandchildren.  That’s the message behind our slogan, “It’s About the Next Generation.”

Green Party President and candidate for Charlotte-Campobello, Janice Harvey, said a Green government would invest in people and their communities.  She said that when people are empowered and have access to resources, they will build our future.

“Short term expediency – such as the election promises of the other parties – just short-changes the future.  We cannot afford to continue to squander our future for political self-interest,” said Janice Harvey, Green Party President and candidate for Charlotte-Campobello.

“We can keep hoping for different results by voting the same old way on September 27, but if New Brunswickers want a more just and sustainable New Brunswick, we need to change the way we vote.  I’m asking New Brunswickers to make history on September 27 and send Green MLAs to the Legislature,” said Green Party Leader Jack MacDougall.

This is the New Brunswick Green Party’s first election.  It was founded in November 2008.

The Green Party election platform is available at www.gogreennb.ca and www.viragevertnb.ca.

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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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