19 JULY 2016

Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South, is in St. John’s, Newfoundland this week to explore and share ideas from effective parliaments across Canada.

“I’m looking forward to many sessions, including one session on how to ensure all-party committees are effective,” said Coon. “This is timely for us as we begin ramping up our efforts at the Select Committee on Climate Change this summer.”

Coon will also attend sessions on the parliament-First Nation relationship and strengthening relationships between legislatures and the community. In addition to the conference sessions he will use the opportunity to meet with Dr. Doug House, the retired sociology professor at Memorial University who headed up the Newfoundland Commission on Economic Renewal.

“Dr. House is a leader in rethinking how governments can pursue economic and social development that strengthens communities and creates real opportunity for people,” said Coon. “I’m hoping to come home with new ideas about how New Brunswick can rise to the social and economic challenges we are facing today.”

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>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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