02 AUGUST 2016

flag_map_of_new_brunswick-999px.pngFredericton – David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick gave the following statement in recognition of New Brunswick Day:

“New Brunswick Day is a time to be with family, friends and neighbours. I will be participating in the official celebrations for New Brunswick Day in St. Stephen with my family.

We live in a beautiful part of the world, with a strong sense of community and an unshakable attachment to home. Our strength is our people, active in the life of their communities and engaged as citizens of New Brunswick.

New Brunswick faces challenges, but as long as our belief in ourselves and our communities is rock solid, the opportunities to overcome and surpass those challenges are plentiful. With common purpose and meaningful action to reconcile with First Nations we will thrive. Solutions are all around and within each of us. To act on them, we need to work together in community.

This New Brunswick Day, let’s reflect on those things we appreciate most about our province and give thanks.”

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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