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  • New Brunswick’s Climate Action Strategy: Some Ideas

    Posted by · February 18, 2016 12:00 PM

    18 FEBRUARY 2016

    Part IV: Broken Pipe Dreams

    green jobsFredericton – Two weeks from now, Premier Gallant will participate in a First Ministers conference hosted by Prime Minister Trudeau to discuss a national climate action strategy. David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick has some suggestions for Premier Gallant.

    “There are steps Premier Gallant can take immediately to create jobs that don't involve a massive investment in the old carbon economy, by supporting my Green Jobs bill, for example. The Energy East pipeline is coming up against a brick wall of opposition and may very well never come to fruition,” said Coon.

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  • A CARBON FEE THAT WORKS – NEW BRUNSWICK’S CLIMATE ACTION STRATEGY: SOME IDEAS

    Posted by · February 11, 2016 12:00 PM

    11 FEBRUARY 2016

    PART III

    Fredericton – In early March, Premier Gallant will participate in a First Ministers conference hosted by Prime Minister Trudeau to discuss a national climate action strategy. David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick has some suggestions for Premier Gallant.

    “Premier Gallant should implement a carbon fee where carbon enters the New Brunswick economy,” said Coon. “This would mean charging those that bring coal, oil, or natural gas into New Brunswick.”

    A carbon fee is most effective when the proceeds are used to shift economic dependence away from fossil fuels.

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  • DRIVING A NEW VISION FOR TRANSPORTATION – NEW BRUNSWICK’S CLIMATE ACTION STRATEGY: SOME IDEAS

    Posted by · February 04, 2016 12:00 PM

    04 FEBRUARY 2016

    Fredericton – In early March, Premier Gallant will participate in a First Ministers conference hosted by Prime Minister Trudeau to discuss a national climate action strategy. David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick has some suggestions for Premier Gallant.

    “Since nearly one third of greenhouse emissions in New Brunswick come from the transportation sector,” said Coon, “it is essential that Premier Gallant negotiate support from Ottawa to expand public transit and provide incentives for the purchase of vehicles powered by electricity and biofuels.”

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  • World Cancer Day

    Posted by · February 03, 2016 12:00 PM

    03 FEBRUARY 2016

    Fredericton – David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick issued the following statement in recognition of World Cancer Day on Thursday, February 4.

    “Most cancers are caused by factors such as the consumption of tobacco and alcohol, diet, certain types of infections, radiation, and environmental exposure to different types of chemicals in the environment. We need to put our efforts to prevent cancer on the same scale as the efforts to cure cancers.

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  • More must be done to Protect those in Poverty from Impacts of HST Increase

    Posted by · February 02, 2016 12:00 PM

    02 FEBRUARY 2016

    Fredericton – David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick urges the government to do more to protect low income families from the impacts of an HST increase.

    “An HST increase hits low income families and those on fixed incomes harder than it does others,” said Coon. 

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  • Building a National Climate Strategy: Some Ideas for Premier Gallant

    Posted by · January 28, 2016 12:00 PM

    28 JANUARY 2016

    Part I: Regulating industrial Emissions

    Fredericton – In early March, Premier Gallant will participate in a First Ministers conference hosted by Prime Minister Trudeau to discuss a national climate action strategy. On Friday, Brian Kenny, Minister of Environment and Local Government will meet with his peers from across the country. David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick has some suggestions for Premier Gallant and Minister Kenny.

    “We need to set enforceable regulations on industry now,” said Coon. “Regulating SO2 emissions worked really well in the 1990s to stop acid rain. We need to apply that same approach to carbon emitters today.”

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  • The State of Well-Being in our Province

    Posted by · January 27, 2016 12:00 PM

    27 JANUARY 2016

    Fredericton – On Thursday, January 28th, Premier Brian Gallant will give his State of the Province Address. David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick urges him to reflect on the state of our province’s society and environment, not just its books.

    “Over the past 16 months, the government has focused on balancing the province’s books to the exclusion of almost all else. Prudent management of our books is important, but government is tackling the deficit without much attention to what kind of New Brunswick we want.

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  • International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

    Posted by · January 25, 2016 12:00 PM

    25 JANUARY 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 Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust on Wednesday, January 27.

    It is imperative that we, as New Brunswickers, stand against anti-Semitism, and all racial and ethnic hatred today as we remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

    I will never forget, as a young teenager, the summer I learned the significance of the numbers tattooed on the arms of some of the women in our neighbourhood. These tattoos were their concentration camp serial numbers. They were women who survived the death camps and bore these reminders of the hatred that culminated in the Holocaust.

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  • New Brunswickers want Corporate Sector to Pay its Fair Share

    Posted by · January 11, 2016 12:00 PM

    11 JANUARY 2016

    Fredericton – On Monday, January 11, 2016, the government will commence its final public consultation as part of its strategic program review. David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick wants government to ensure everyone pays their fair share as recommended by New Brunswickers in the first round of consultations.

    In March 2015, the government released its What Was Said document, summarizing the top suggestions made by the public for cutting the deficit. The government chose to ignore those suggestions designed to ensure corporations do their part to help cut the deficit.

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  • Green Buildings and Green Energy Should Be Key Drivers of our Economy

    Posted by · December 11, 2015 12:00 PM

    11 DECEMBER 2015

    On returning home from COP21, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, Green Party leader and Fredericton South MLA David Coon says New Brunswick and the Maritimes as a region are well positioned to become Canada’s first low carbon society.

    “We have abundant renewable resources, there is cutting edge research and development going on in UNB’s Faculty of Engineering, we already have pioneering enterprises in green construction and clean technology manufacturing , and we are small enough to make it happen,” said Coon. “But we have to seize the day or the world is going to pass us by.”

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