A) Legal Rights and Service

Legal Rights and legal services should be accessible and affordable to all who need them. A Green government would:

  • restore and strengthen the province’s support to legal aid and the services of family court social workers/mediators;

  • broaden eligibility categories for access to these services;

  • create incentives for lawyers to participate in providing legal aid; and

  • ensure legal information is available widely in both official languages and in a timely manner.

B) Human Rights

In order to protect the disadvantaged and marginalized, a Green government would:

  • strengthen the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission by ensuring that it has the power to investigate situations where systemic discrimination is suspected, as well as the autonomy and sufficient resources to promote equality for all;

  • provide investigations in a timely manner to prevent harm to all parties; and

  • ensure provincial immigration policies are based on protection of human rights, embedded in principles of social justice & inclusion, and include adequate funding for support programs.

C) Restorative Justice

The Justice System must be transformed to one that has an abiding belief in the possibility of a transformational change of victims, offenders, and communities.  A Green government would:

  • adopt the principles of restorative justice which recognize the harm caused by crime and the need to repair harm by responding to the needs of victims, offenders and the community;

  • increase access to voluntary encounters involving victims, offenders and the community with a focus on repairing the harm caused by crime;

  • review the adequacy of civilian oversight of policing; and

  • adopt and promote leading-edge, science-based and proven crime prevention and reduction initiatives, programs and projects in our communities.

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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