Efficiency New Brunswick Should Be Expanded Not Dismantled

29 OCTOBER 2014

(Fredericton, NB) - David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South is calling on Premier Brian Gallant and Energy Minister Donald Arseneault to reconsider their plan to dismantle Efficiency New Brunswick, the Crown Corporation created to develop the energy efficiency service sector to help home and business owners cut their heating costs.

"It would be a mistake to do away with Efficiency New Brunswick," said David Coon. "It is an essential tool to build a new greener economy, creating meaningful work and igniting start-ups in the energy efficiency services industry."

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Sharon Murphy running for Green PartySharon Murphy running for Green Party in Saint John East by-election

21 OCTOBER 2014

(FREDERICTON, NB) — Family business owner and community activist Sharon Murphy has been selected to run for the Green Party in the upcoming by-election in Saint John East.

Murphy was the Green Party candidate for Saint John East in the recent general. She is eager to usher in a new form of representation for citizens living in a riding she describes as one of the most vulnerable and poorly-represented constituencies in the province.

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David Coon on Our Future

23 SEPTEMBER 2014

Party Leader congratulates all candidates and volunteers -- says it's beautiful to see democracy in action

22 SEPTEMBER 2014

(FREDERICTON, NB) -- On the eve of New Brunswick's general election, Green Party Leader David Coon released the following statement thanking and congratulating all candidates and campaign workers of all political stripes:

I appreciate the tremendous effort that everyone provided to all of the party campaigns, and I want to give an extra 'shout out' to all the candidates and their families.

We can sit back and wonder about the marvel of democracy, and be so thankful that we live in a democratic country as great as Canada. It's times like these when, for a short few weeks, we can see the democratic process in action - through the efforts of our citizens, our candidates and our hundreds and hundreds of volunteers.

Here in Fredericton South, I want to thank all the candidates. We had some feisty debates, and some fun moments together. That so many citizens are participating in tomorrow's election is such a beautiful, positive reflection of our healthy democracy,"

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Reproductive Justice a Top Priority

20 SEPTEMBER 2014

(FREDERICTON, NB) -- Green Party Leader David Coon joined reproductive justice activists throughout the country in calling for improved abortion access for women in New Brunswick.

On the National Day of Action in Solidarity with New Brunswick and PEI, Coon reaffirmed his party's firm stand in favour of abortion rights.

"Reproductive choice is a fundamental right, which successive New Brunswick governments have ignored," Coon said. "It's unconscionable that any woman would have to leave the province and pay for a medical service most Canadian women take for granted."

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First Nations Relations

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

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1-on-1 interview: N.B. Green Party leader David Coon

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

http://globalnews.ca/video/1568825/1-on-1-interview-n-b-green-party-leader-david-coon

Prevention - A major driver in a Green health care system

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

(FREDERICTON, NB) -- Green Party Leader David Coon says prevention needs to be front and centre in the approach to health care and health care funding in the province.

"Preventative health care has to start early, so the Green Party will double Early Childhood Home Support programs to ensure we get in on the ground floor," Coon said. "Every dollar invested in our children during those early years will pay off in the long run, both economically and in our communities."

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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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