BILL 11 – LOCAL FOOD SECURITY – DEFEATED 18/24

02 MAY 2015

(FREDERICTON, NB) – Green Party Leader and Fredericton South MLA David Coon is is disappointed that a bill designed to build a strong and resilient local food industry in New Brunswick was defeated in the Legislature, Thursday.

The bill was introduced by Mr. Coon to provide consumers with a clear choice in support of local agriculture. Currently New Brunswickers spend $1.7 billion on food produced outside the province.

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The Green Party’s AGM adopts the theme « Another New-Brunswick is Possible »

24 APRIL 2015

(Rogersville, Monday April 20, 2015) - The Green Party of NB is proud to announce that its Annual General Meeting will be held in Rogersville this Saturday April 25th. A dinner highlighting New-Brunswick products will precede the AGM on Friday the 24th at 6:30 pm and will provide an opportunity for participants to meet David Coon and certain members of the provincial council. The business meeting will be held in the morning one Saturday (starting at 8:30 am) while the afternoon will take on a format of « world café » in order to encourage an open and inclusive discussion following a panel discussing with the theme Another New-Brunswick is Possible.

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Premier Gallant’s Commitment to Lower Carbon Economy Must Drive Job Creation

15 APRIL 2015

(Fredericton, NB) Premier Brian Gallant committed to make a transition to a lower carbon economy with Premiers from across the country in the final declaration from the Québec Summit on Climate Change yesterday.

"The Premier has a tremendous opportunity to drive job creation by reducing New Brunswick's dependence on fossil fuels," said David Coon, MLA for Fredericton-South and the Green Party leader. "The refurbishment of our building stock's energy use, the development of our abundant sources of renewable fuels and renewable power, and growing the market for low carbon products and technologies would be a job creation bonanza," he said.

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Green Party Leader David Coon to Join New Brunswick Delegation to Premiers’ Climate Summit in Quebec City

13 APRIL 2015

(Fredericton, NB) On, Tuesday April 14th David Coon, MLA Fredericton South and leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick will be part of the New Brunswick delegation to Premiers' Climate Summit to be hosted in Quebec City by Premier Couillard to discuss renewed efforts to fight climate change.

"This summit needs to be crucial turning point for Canada and New Brunswick," said Coon. "It must be a catalyst for a new level of climate change action in New Brunswick and across the country if we are to do our part to avoid 2 degrees of warming."

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On March 20th, We Celebrate Francophonie and the Planet

20 MARCH 2015

(FREDERICTON, N.-B.) March 20th marks the International Day of Francophonie, a day during French Pride Week when we celebrate the French language and the contributions of the Francophone community to New Brunswick. This day reminds us of the beauty of the diversity in New Brunswick.

The International Organization of La Francophonie's theme of the day this year, "I keep the planet in my heart," is a campaign wherein the Secretary General of Francophonie, Michaëlle Jean, launched a consultation for youth on sustainable development, "because ideas, activism and innovation on the challenges of climate change are needed," she said.

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On St. Patrick’s Day We Are All Green

16 MARCH 2015

(FREDERICTON, N.B.) – There is a day each year when people around the world pay homage to a saint who has come to embody the spirit of a nation and who has us all combing through our ancestry for the slightest streak of green. Among them is Fredericton-South MLA and Green Party Leader David Coon, who joins people throughout New Brunswick to celebrate St. Patrick's Day today.

While St. Patrick's Day has become synonymous with fun and high-spirited shenanigans, it is also a day to celebrate the pride, culture and contributions of the thousands of Irish immigrants who started arriving on these shores in the early 1800s, making New Brunswick home to the oldest indigenous Irish population in North America.

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A Day to Celebrate Women

06 MARCH 2015

(FREDERICTON, NB) – New Brunswick's Green Party Leader and Fredericton South MLA David Coon joins in solidarity with women across New Brunswick and throughout the world in embracing the theme of International Women's Day 2015, "Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It."

"Sunday is a celebration of spirit," Mr. Coon said. "Women's inequality in our communities must be eliminated by focusing on effective action by whatever means we have available to us as individuals and policymakers. I was delighted to learn that Sue Calhoun, who has done so much on behalf of women in New Brunswick, is a delegate at the 59th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York," the Green Party Leader added.

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David Coon Supports Anti-Bullying Initiatives on Pink Shirt Day

(FREDERICTON, NB) - Green Party Leader and Fredericton South MLA David Coon encourages citizens throughout the province to recognize Pink Shirt Day, Feb. 25, as a day designed to highlight the dangers of bullying and the importance of creating a society in which it will not be tolerated.

Mr. Coon invites all New Brunswickers to participate in the promotion of activities related to Pink Shirt Day.

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World Day of Social Justice: Green Party Leader Applauds New Brunswickers for their Efforts

20 FEBRUARY 2015

(FREDERICTON, NB) - Ending human trafficking and forced labour is the theme of this year's World Day of Social Justice. Since 2007, the United Nations has recognized February 20th as a day dedicated to the eradication of poverty, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equality, access to social wellbeing and justice for all.

Green Party Leader and Fredericton South MLA, David Coon, said that while progress has been made since 2007, we still have a long way to go before those goals are reached.

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Green Party Leader Introduces Legislation to Annul Forestry Agreements

18 FEBRUARY 2015

(FREDERICTON, NB) - To restore the full authority of the provincial government to manage Crown lands in keeping with its obligations to First Nations communities and to the general public, the Leader of the Green Party and MLA for Fredericton South tabled a bill in the Legislature today, entitledAn Act to Return to the Crown Certain Rights Relating to Timber Supply and Forest Management.

If passed, the Act to Return to the Crown Certain Rights Relating to Timber Supply and Forest Management will annul the memoranda of agreement signed by the Department of Natural Resources with forestry companies which guarantee an increased annual allowable cut for the next 25 years, along with several forest management agreements designed to implement those guarantees.

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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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