Green MLAs announce their critic roles and areas of focus

Fredericton – On Wednesday November 18th, the Green MLAs announced their critic roles and their priority policy areas.

David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South will be the critic for Aboriginal Affairs; Executive Council Office; Intergovernmental Affairs; Natural Resources and Energy Development; Postsecondary Education Training and Labour; and Social Development.

Megan Mitton, MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar, will be the critic on matters of Healthy and Inclusive Communities, Climate Justice, and Education. The government departments she will be responsible for are Education and Early Childhood Development; Environment and Climate Change; Health; Service New Brunswick; Transportation and Infrastructure; Women’s Equality; Human Rights; and the Premier’s Council on Disabilities.

Kevin Arseneau, MLA for Kent North, will be the critic on matters of Developing and Strengthening Communities, Food Sovereignty and Fiscal, Economic and Social Justice. The government departments he will be responsible for are Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries; Finance and Treasury Board; Justice and Public Safety; Local Government; Official Languages; Rural & Economic Development; and Tourism, Heritage and Culture.

“Our team is ready to get to work,” said Coon. “We are going to hold the Higgs government to account, while pushing forward on important files with ideas and solutions.”

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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