Civil Rights and Equal Rights

1) Women’s Rights

A Green government would:

  • adopt an intersectional feminist approach that aims to deconstruct and eliminate patriarchy and all its systems of oppression and recognize all women in their plurality and diversity;

  • adopt measures to promote and actively support individual and collective learning and reflection.  This includes adopting academic curriculum courses on the history of feminism and on gender equality, setting up discussion forums and advertising tools to promote social awareness of gender equality, and opposing the negative connotations of the word feminism;

  • implement concrete policies and means for the transformation of gendered social roles, in particular, the elimination of degrading images of and advertisements for women that contribute to the normalization of stereotypes, sexual violence and abuse of power;

  • promote gender equality as well as the equitable sharing of the responsibilities of household chores and parenting roles;

  • implement sexuality education programs in schools to provide accurate information and a positive view of sexuality. This would include explaining to young people what consent is through the use of practical guides, theatre plays and other learning tools; and

  • provide adequate funding for measures, programs and policies to educate and raise public awareness about gender equality

It is important to identify, publicly recognize and combat rape culture in order to create a profound and lasting change in the relationships among individuals in a society. A Green government would:

  • involve all relevant bodies, including the leadership of universities, student associations, various unions, and community organizations, to change rape culture; ensure that the agencies that respond to sexual assault victims receive money and adequate resources; encourage universities and schools to set up information sessions on consent;

  • ensure that police officer and first responders are properly trained to respond to rape crisis situations. This would include support measures for survivors, a complaints mechanism, an impartial investigation process, and access to interim measures. These measures would focus on the rights and needs of survivors;

  • develop, in collaboration with partner organizations, advertising to raise social awareness to counter the rape culture; and

  • establish a strategy to prevent and counter sexual violence.

To promote women's access to quality jobs that would enable them to live with dignity and to reduce wage gaps with a view to eliminating them, a Green government would:

  • review all labour laws and regulations to draw attention to the particular situation of women;

  • introduce measures to counter all manner of discrimination;

  • foster access to unionization, particularly in the service sectors where the majority of jobs are held by women; and

  • recognize the principle of the ‘’glass ceiling’’ used by many employers in both the private and public sectors that prevent women from gaining access to important managerial or governance roles or that avoids giving them fair pay for their work, and put in place measures to raise awareness and prevent these tactics.

 The economic autonomy of women is necessary in order to achieve equality between women and men. It is therefore essential to recognize the real work done by women in the household and with children. A Green government would recognize women’s work in the household and with their children by contributing to a woman’s pension plan. 

Immigrant and refugee women are subject to more violence than those born in Canada. It must, therefore, be ensured that they enjoy their fundamental rights fully and that they are protected from violence and exploitation by various measures.  To this end, a Green government would:

  • ensure that immigrant women receive, as soon as possible in their mother tongue, all information concerning their human rights, mechanisms and resources for protection against violence against women, and labour laws;

  • fund programs to recognize and enhance the skills and work experience of immigrant women to facilitate their professional integration, including access to paid work placements and mentoring;

  • provide mechanisms to facilitate access to education or training;

  • provide childcare services in cultural centres and vocational schools;

  • establish awareness programs and training for businesses, including managers, to understand the different cultural realities;

  • include programs for immigrants as part of social and educational services, taking cultural differences into account;

  • incorporate special measures for women immigrants, particularly women in vulnerable situations, into policies to combat violence against women;

  • adopt measures to promote the integration of immigrant women and support initiatives for their empowerment; and

  • support initiatives to promote the political participation of immigrant women.

The Green Party recognizes the trauma left by colonialism and the historic oppressions experienced by Aboriginal peoples today and is committed to working with Aboriginal women against discrimination, violence and exclusion.  A Green government would:

  • implement measures to eliminate poverty among indigenous peoples;

  • implement measures to combat colonialist, sexist and racist prejudice against indigenous women with a view to eliminating these forms of prejudice;

  • implement measures to encourage employers to employ Aboriginal women to ensure their financial independence regardless of where they live in New Brunswick;

  • consider and address the specific safety and security needs of indigenous women by developing and implementing policies to put an end to disappearances and murders of indigenous women;

  • ensure that the police force and front-line workers are better trained to respond to calls for abuse and sexual abuse.

Despite an increase in the percentage of women in politics, parity is not attained. A Green government would:

  • reform of the first-past-the-post electoral system to one that would favour strong representation of women;

  • ensure work-life balance in politics, particularly with respect to replacement in the context of maternity leave;

  • adopt special incentives for women in under-represented groups to facilitate their participation in civic life at all levels.

 2) Official Bilingualism

Respect for and protection of New Brunswick’s two Official Languages is a defining characteristic of our province. Likewise, respect for our aboriginal nations requires that their cultures be protected. A Green government would:

  • restore and strengthen the integrity of duality and equality of both official language communities in health care, education, provision of services, and leadership of institutions;

  • reinstate French immersion programs at the primary level, either kindergarten or grade 1; and

  • use intensive French programming to supplement an upgraded core French curriculum rather than replace core French instruction

 3) Empowering Seniors

A Green government would:

  • encourage and enable people to remain physically and mentally active in retirement.  Examples include: incentives to enable employers to recognize and take advantage of long-time employees’ experience and skills by offering the option of part-time employment for an extended period, connecting seniors to volunteer and recreational opportunities;

  • extend the ‘age-friendly’ community initiative to include all New Brunswick communities; and

  • recognize that policy on seniors should be written in consultation with and, whenever possible, by seniors and reflect their priorities.


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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