New Brunswick's Crown Forests: A Priceless Trust - Betrayed
My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the slain RCMP officers: Dave Ross, Fabrice Gevaudon, and Douglas Larche . All New Brunswickers, all Canadians, stand with you in your grief and your terrible losses.
02 JUNE 2014
Not only has the Alward government shirked its moral obligation to take action on climate change, but it has failed to seize the economic opportunities that come with breaking our addiction to fossil fuels according to Green Party Leader David Coon.
"This is a vacuous plan that contains no action, but instead chooses to sustain the unsustainable," said Green Party leader David Coon.
"To cut emissions in the short-term, the Green Party would target our biggest carbon polluters, the Irving Oil refinery and the coal-fired power plant in Belledune, with legally binding limits on their carbon pollution using the Clean Air Act," said Coon.
30 MAY 2014
Sackville, NB, May 30, 2014 - Megan Mitton has announced that she will seek the Green Party nomination in the Memramcook-Tantramar riding. Ms. Mitton works as an environmental educator in Sackville. She is passionate about building a green economy that to provide sustainable jobs, energy and food for resilient communities. . Ms. Mitton is committed to creating a just society and a diverse economy that supports all New Brunswickers.
Megan Mitton was born and raised in Sackville, New Brunswick where she graduated in French Immersion from Tantramar Regional High School. She furthered her educational experiences by completing an International Rotary Youth Exchange in Japan, and then earning a Bachelor of Arts, with Honours in International Development Studies and Political Science from McGill University. Ms. Mitton and her husband, Steve Geier, lived in and worked in California following graduation but decided to return to New Brunswick, to live in their hometown of Sackville.
12 MAY 2014
Garth Farquhar has been chosen as the Green Party candidate for the riding of Carleton-Victoria. Mr. Farquhar owns and operates Tobique Log Homes, which he founded in 1984. Since 2010, he has managed a farm and woodlot that has been in his family for 138 years. Farquhar lives in Upper Kintore with his wife Jackie. They have four daughters and five grandchildren. He was born in Perth.
A graduate of Victoria Regional High School, Mr. Farquhar earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Business Administration from UNB.
08 MAY 2014
In a decision dated May 6, 2014, Madam Justice Clendening has ordered the Minister of Finance to comply with the recommendations of the Access to Information Commissioner and release the contracts and studies relating to shale gas royalties to Green Party Leader David Coon.
In February of 2013, Coon requested copies of contracts the Department of Finance had signed with consultants to examine shale gas royalties for the Province, along with copies of the consultants' reports. Finance Minister Blaine Higgs refused to release the documents, so the Green Party Leader filed a complaint with the Access to Information Commissioner. She recommended that the documents be released. Higgs refused to accept her recommendations, so the Green Party leader appealed to the court.
30 APRIL 2014
Green Party leader David Coon will be asking a judge on Thursday to force the Alward government to make public the contracts it had entered into with consultants commissioned to examine shale gas royalties. Coon had filed a request under the Right to Information Act on February 13, 2013 for copies of the contracts. Finance Minister Blaine Higgs refused to release them, so the Green Party leader filed a complaint with the Access to Information Commissioner.
After a 10 month investigation the Access to Information Commissioner, Anne Bertrand recommended that the Minister release the four consultants' contracts to Coon. In a letter to the Green Party leader dated February 24, 2014 the Finance Minister informed Coon that he did not accept Commissioner Bertrand's recommendation, so Coon is appealing to the court for a final decision.
24 APRIL 2014
Thanks to Green Party Leader David Coon's Right to Information request, you can read the secret contract between the Alward government and Jim Irving. Its purpose? . . . "to ensure the ongoing global competitiveness and sustainability of Irving's forestry operations in the Province of New Brunswick.
The Alward government guarantees to increase the supply of softwood from Crown lands to J.D. Irving by 25%, keep wood costs competitive, and reduce costs for Irving's forestry operations in New Brunswick.
Read the contract here.
17 APRIL 2014
Andrew Clark was selected as the Green Party's candidate for Carleton at a nomination meeting held in Woodstock on April 15. Mr. Clark is a well-known forestry contractor and woodlot owner in the area. He served as President of the New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners for 11 years. He also served as a President and Director of the Carleton-Victoria Wood Producer's Association.
Mr. Clark was born in Woodstock and raised on a farm in Simonds, outside Hartland. He is a graduate of the Maritime Forest Ranger School and has spent most of his career harvesting and trucking wood from private woodlots.
16 APRIL 2014
Robertville, Wednesday April 16 – Kevin Arseneau announced that he would seek the nomination for the Green Party of New Brunswick in the Restigouche-Chaleur riding, in light of the September 22nd election.
“The reason that motivates my entering politics is simple: I believe in my region and in its inhabitants. Traditional political parties have the regrettable habit of governing from the top down, making MLAs simple messengers for Fredericton. Yet, that should not be the role of an MLA. I see that role as that of a spokesperson, a defender and a community organizer for the region. I want to take part in the long term development of our region, bring back our youth, and make sure that our long term vision is one that reflects that of the people who live here. I firmly believe that the Green Party of New Brunswick espouses these values. I could not contemplate working with any other party.”
A Robertville native, Kevin Arseneau is a student at the Université de Moncton’s Education Faculty (Geography major). Naturally curious, he has worked in several fields including arts, construction, agriculture, forestry, tourism and education, before returning to school at the age of 25. His experiences provide him with a global vision with regards to the challenges facing North East New Brunswick.
Contact : Kevin Arseneau