FREDERICTON – Today in the Legislative Assembly Green Party Finance Critic and MLA for Kent North Kevin Arseneau tabled a motion calling for a Legislative committee to hold public hearings on the use of tax havens by companies operating in New Brunswick.
“When I asked Minister Steeves how much tax revenue we lose annually due to offshore tax avoidance and tax evasion, he said he did not know,” said Arseneau. “Well, I think it is time to investigate and find out.”
Fredericton – Kevin Arseneau, MLA for Kent-North, tabled An Act to Amend the Industrial Relations Act today in the Legislative Assembly. The bill aims to ban the use of replacement workers during a strike or lockout and is modelled after legislation in British Columbia.
“Banning scab workers would be a concrete way of showing support to the province’s workers,” says Arseneau. “The use of replacement workers decreases the bargaining power for unionized workers and is contrary to the principle of good-faith negotiations.”
FREDERICTON – Green Party leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon has tabled a motion in the Legislative Assembly requesting Premier Higgs call for the federal government to initiate a windfall oil profit tax in Canada, with the revenues returned to Canadians who need the help the most.
“New Brunswickers are really struggling with the rising costs of living, including gas, food and home heating,” said Coon. “Since this is outside of provincial jurisdiction, I am calling on Premier Higgs to lead a charge to push the federal government to institute a windfall profit tax and return the revenues to people who are struggling.”
FREDERICTON – Green Party leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon has tabled a motion in the Legislative Assembly that calls on the government to extend the Enhanced Energy Savings Program to provide upfront assistance to help New Brunswickers who heat with oil and gas convert to a heat pump system.
“A program that would help New Brunswickers replace their oil or gas furnace with a heat pump would be a win-win,” said Coon. “Heat pumps are more efficient and cheaper to run, both reducing our carbon emissions and saving New Brunswickers on the high cost of filling up their oil tanks.”
FREDERICTON – As MLAs return next week for the second session of the 60th Legislative Assembly, Green Party leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon has announced updated critic roles for himself and fellow Green Caucus MLAs Kevin Arseneau (MLA for Kent North) and Megan Mitton (MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar).
“Our caucus is eager to get back to work in the Legislative Assembly to push for practical solutions to New Brunswick’s most pressing challenges,” said Coon. “Given the multiple crises that New Brunswick faces in affordability, housing, healthcare and climate change, there is lots of work to be done.”
FREDERICTON – Ahead of the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Green Party leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon, says he hopes New Brunswickers will take this significant opportunity to learn about the history and legacy of residential schools.
“Truth and Reconciliation Day is a time to remember the cultural genocide perpetrated on Indigenous people in Canada by the Indian Residential School system,” said Coon. “It is a significant opportunity for all New Brunswickers to learn about the history and legacy of residential schools, while honouring survivors, their families and communities.”
FREDERICTON – Green Party leader David Coon says that the impacts of post-tropical storm Fiona illustrate how unprepared New Brunswick is to protect coastal residents from storm surges and coastal flooding.
“For a province with 5,500 kilometres of coastline, I was incredulous to discover that the Premier’s new climate plan says nothing about protecting coastal communities from storm surges and coastal flooding,” said Coon. “It’s not a question of if New Brunswick gets hit by another major storm, but when? The Premier needed to infuse his new climate plan with a sense of urgency.”
FREDERICTON –Green Party leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon says that the success of the provincial government’s new Climate Action Plan will be dependent upon Premier Higgs’ willingness to quickly implement its key measures.
“Since the last Climate Action Plan was released, we have seen five years of dithering by Premiers Gallant and Higgs,” said Coon. “They both refused to take any leadership, such as creating a cabinet committee chaired by the Premier to lead the government’s response. Frankly, I see no indication in the report that Premier Higgs will act urgently to implement this report’s key recommendations either.”
Fredericton - The Green Party of New Brunswick is thrilled to be celebrating ten years with David Coon leading the party.
“David has been a visionary leader for Greens in New Brunswick, as well as across the country,” says party president Nicolas Jelic. “His steady character, his caring and compassionate personality, and his ability to bring out the best in people have been critical to the growth of NB Greens this past decade. As a party, we are excited for where David’s vision will take us in 2024 and beyond.”
FREDERICTON – In light of Horizon’s Saint John and Moncton emergency rooms being restricted to individuals with limb- or life-threatening medical needs over the weekend, Green Party leader David Coon and Green caucus health critic Megan Mitton say that Premier Higgs needs to urgently act on implementing the recommendations of Fredericton ER doctor Dr. Yogi Sehgal. On August 10, Dr. Sehgal sent several recommendations to Premier Higgs, Minister Fitch and the regional health authorities after consulting with other frontline staff and patients.
“Last week Premier Higgs praised Dr. Sehgal for the recommendations he presented without saying whether he would actually implement them,” said Coon. “The solutions are already there. It’s time for the Premier to act.”