More must be done to Protect those in Poverty from Impacts of HST Increase
Posted by Merredith Brewer · 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.
Building a National Climate Strategy: Some Ideas for Premier Gallant
Posted by Merredith Brewer · 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.”
The State of Well-Being in our Province
Posted by Merredith Brewer · 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.
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
Posted by Merredith Brewer · 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.
New Brunswickers want Corporate Sector to Pay its Fair Share
Posted by Merredith Brewer · 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.
Green Buildings and Green Energy Should Be Key Drivers of our Economy
Posted by Emma Chevarie · 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.”
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY MESSAGE
Posted by Emma Chevarie · December 10, 2015 12:00 PM
10 DECEMBER 2015
Fredericton – David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick issued the following statement in recognition of Human Rights Day on Thursday, December 10:
“Human Rights Day marks the 67th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
David Coon Visits Bataclan Theatre, after the November 13th Attacks
Posted by Emma Chevarie · December 09, 2015 12:00 PM
09 DECEMBER 2015
Fredericton – Green Party Leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon had the opportunity to visit the Bataclan Theatre, site of the Nov. 13 attacks.
“I was struck by a profound sense of sadness when I visited the memorial on the street outside the Bataclan Theatre,” said Coon. “The people of Paris are hurting after these attacks and it was important to me to leave something to represent the solidarity of the Canadian people with those in Paris. We share their pain and admire their determination.”
Dismissal of Chief Medical Officer of Health Must Be Explained
Posted by Emma Chevarie · December 08, 2015 12:00 PM
08 DECEMBER 2015
Fredericton – Green Party Leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon is calling the government’s dismissal of Dr. Eilish Cleary as New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer of House outrageous in a statement released today.
“Dr. Cleary, in her role as doctor to the people of New Brunswick has earned tremendous respect and even affection from New Brunswickers. So many felt such pride in her courageous decision to join the battle against Ebola in Africa. Many felt vindicated when her shale gas report validated their concerns about fracking after the previous government dismissed them as borne of ignorance. Health Minister Boudreau has a responsibility to provide a credible explanation for the decision to remove Dr. Cleary from her position. She has always been willing to directly reach out to New Brunswickers and our communities as our collective physician. It makes one wonder if this didn’t threaten the government’s effort to control its message, particularly given the recent removal and reassignment of the former Director of DNR’s Fish and Wildlife Branch, also without explanation”
Green Party Leader looks to government to reintroduce Vote 16
Posted by Emma Chevarie · November 30, 2015 12:00 PM
30 NOVEMBER 2015
Fredericton – On Tuesday, the Legislative Assembly will meet to end its first sitting, and all unresolved bills on the order paper will be left behind, including the Vote 16 Bill introduced by David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick. It had passed second reading and was waiting on the government to send it onto the committee stage for detailed examination.
“Vote 16 had broad public support, especially from young people across the province,” said Coon. “When this bill passed second reading, it did so with the support of every MLA in the legislature. Unfortunately it will die on the order paper.”