The New Economy

It is time that David Alward abandon the fruitless effort to expand the old economy. It's just too expensive to run anymore.

It is time to grow the new economy in New Brunswick. The new economy is local, it is green, and it works for people, not the other way around. It's an economy based on caring and sharing. It's localization, not globilization.   It builds on New Brunswick's strengths, keeping money and investment cycling through the provincial economy, rather than having it leave the province.

The shoots of the new economy are already growing in every corner of the province. I think of the business people who have established grocery stores specializing in local food, and the young people who have started farming to supply them. I think of the designers and builders who are creating passive solar and net zero energy homes. I think of the manufacturers building geothermal heat pumps. I think of the software designers working to establish a smart grid for New Brunswick.

When we think of the new economy, we need to think about community development and growing local economies. To grow the new economy requires a change in mind set.

This requires establishing new tools such as Community Economic Development Investment Funds. The Province would provide a tax credit for New Brunswickers so they can put their investment capital in funds that support locally-owned and operated businesses, cooperatives and social enterprises.

The old economy is just not going to grow much more, and when it does, it benefits the 1% while mortgaging the future for the rest of us. The Green Party wants the Alward government to grow the new economy as its top priority.   That's the path we need to take.

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> 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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