International Women's Day

08 MARCH 2016

Fredericton – David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick issued the following statement in recognition of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8:

“For the first time in the history of International Women’s Day, our federal cabinet contains the same number of women as men.  This sends an important message to young women and girls, that women and men, together, are making the important decisions about the future of our country, not the least of which are those needed to eliminate poverty.

Urgent decisions are needed to end the feminization of poverty.  Women, both single mothers and seniors, disproportionately make up the poor in New Brunswick and Canada.  Twenty one percent of single mothers in Canada are raising their children in poverty. Forty three percent of those on the waiting list for subsidized housing in New Brunswick are largely women over 65.

Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers has a real opportunity to help alleviate poverty for women in our province by relentlessly pursuing the federal government to ensure that it provides New Brunswick with a fair share of its funding for affordable housing. 

I also encourage the Minister to pursue the interest expressed by the federal government in exploring a basic income guarantee. New Brunswick would be the perfect province in which to pilot this approach to alleviating poverty. A basic income guarantee, known as ‘Mincome’, was piloted in Dauphin, Manitoba in the 1980s, where it successfully helped women escape from poverty .

With a Prime Minister, who asserts he is a feminist and has committed to assisting provinces in solving real problems, New Brunswick needs to be engaged and persistent in championing the interests of women with Ottawa.”




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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