Government Must Act Quickly on Reproductive Health Services for Women

10 APRIL 2014

The closure of the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton underlines the need for the Alward government to move quickly on establishing quality reproductive health services for women in New Brunswick, according to Green Party leader David Coon.

The Green Party's advocate for health and the status of women, Marilyn Merritt-Gray says the core components of a quality provincial reproductive health service must include: reproductive health screening & treatment, contraceptive information & methods, and abortion services.

 

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Green Party Learns Details of Tory Forest Strategy Premised on Deregulation

08 APRIL 2014

The Green Party has learned that the Alward government's forest strategy is based on a radical deregulation of forestry on Crown lands, leaving industry to regulate itself. For example, the new strategy will eliminate the existing standard to preserve the Acadian Forest, and permit an increase in the size of clearcuts, while cutting oversight, jobs and $10 million from the Department of Natural Resources' annual budget. This changes are in addition to the reduction in conservation forest from 31% to 23% that had previously been made public.

The Tories' forest strategy is being implemented through contracts signed with the four corporations licensed to cut on Crown land. The first contract has been signed with J.D. Irving .

 

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New Brunswick Greens Vote for Canada Health Transfers to Reflect Aging Populations

31 MARCH 2014

At its Annual General Assembly held in Moncton on Saturday, Green Party members passed a resolution calling on New Brunswick to work with the other Maritime provinces to advocate for a new Canada Health Accord that is adjusted for the age of provincial populations.

The Canada Health Accord expires today with nothing to replace it. Stephen Harper refuses to negotiate a new accord with the Premiers, replace it with per capita transfers of health funding instead.

 

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2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

26 MARCH 2014

Green Party of New Brunswick

"Striving for an Authentic Democracy"

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014

Location: Lions Community Centre
473 St. George Street, Moncton

 
Registration: 8:30 am; Call to order: 9:00 am; Adjourn: 4:00 pm
Registration: $20 waged; $10 non-waged (includes potluck lunch)

The sixth annual general meeting of members of the New Brunswick Green Party will be held in Moncton on March 29, 2014. 

With this being the election year we urge all members to attend and contribute to the building the Green Party into the political alternative New Brunswickers are seeking. Our theme is "Striving for an Authentic Democracy" and you will hear from a panel of resource people who are blazing that trail.

Key agenda items include: Address from our leader, David Coon; policy resolutions; the 2014 election; what you can do.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lift the Gag Order on Department of Natural Resources Staff

24 MARCH 2014

Green Party Leader David Coon wants Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud to lift the gag order that is preventing his scientific and technical staff from speaking to the media. Coon wants biologists and foresters working for the Department of Natural Resources to be able to speak publicly about the government's new forest strategy, without fear of retribution.

"The staff at the Department of Natural Resources are public servants, and they have a duty to provide their expertise to people of this province for whom they work. This government is holding their expertise hostage. It's not right," said Green Party leader David Coon.

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Green Party Leader Wants Crown Wood Contract with JD Irving Made Public

19 MARCH 2014

FREDERICTON – Green Party Leader David Coon is calling on Premier David Alward to publicly release the contract his government signed with JD Irving to guarantee wood supply from Crown land. Coon says that under the Crown Lands and Forests Act, the terms of JD Irving's Crown timber licenses already authorizes the company to harvest timber for twenty-five years and requires it to describe its plant investments and employment levels for a ten year period.  

“New Brunswckers and First Nations have a right to know what David Alward has signed away to the Irvings," said Green Party David Coon. "I am concerned that this contract obligates New Brunswickers to compensate JD Irving if public efforts to re-build local forest economies, establish community forests, resolve aboriginal title, or increase conservation measures in the future diminishes the amount of wood the government has agreed to provide the company over the long-term," said Coon. "I worry this contract handcuffs the hands of future governments to the policies of the Alward government," said Coon.  


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Tory Forest Strategy Sells Rural New Brunswick Down the River

12 MARCH 2014

The decision of the Alward government to permit 21% more clearcutting on Crown land this year will be ruinous for both rural communities and wildlife, according to Green Party Leader David Coon. "This corporate forest plan sells rural New Brunswick and our environment down the river. It runs roughshod over the values and aspirations that New Brunswickers hold dear," said Coon.

The Green Party wants to create the conditions for an innovative and diverse forest industry that suits our forest and sustains our rural communities, but Coon says the Alward plan will make that impossible.

 

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Finance Minister Keeps the Lid Screwed Down on Public Information - Green Party Leader Headed to Court

11 MARCH 2014

Green Party leader David Coon is off to court in his quest to throw open the windows on the work of the Alward government. Coon filed a request on the Right to Information Act to Finance Minister Blaine Higgs on February 13, 2013 for copies of the contracts with the consultants his Department had commissioned to examine the province's regime for shale gas royalties, as well as for copies of the consultants' reports. The Finance Minister refused, 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 submitted a 15 page report to Coon and Higgs on February 7, 2014. In her report, Madame Bertrand recommended that the Minister release the four consultants' contracts to Coon. In a letter to the Green Party leader dated February 24, Finance Minister Blaine Higgs informed Coon that he does not accept Commissioner Bertrand's recommendation.

 

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The Nomination Meeting for Kent North has been Postponed

05 MARCH 2014

Note: The Kent North Nomination Meeting Has Been Postponed

St. Charles Local Service District Chairman Allan Marsh today announced that he will seek the Green Party nomination for the Constituency of Kent North in the September 22 provincial election. Marsh, a successful businessman and prominent anti-shale activist in Kent County, says he is seeking election because there is an “urgent need to give priority to developing clean, sustainable energy sources instead of shale gas, end special tax breaks for high income earners, and start managing forests in the interests of all New Brunswickers.”

 

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New Green Party Candidate for Sussex-Fundy-St. Martins Riding

25 FEBRUARY 2014

Fredericton, N.B.- Stephanie Coburn was selected as the Green Party’s candidate for the Sussex-Fundy-St. Martins riding on Feb. 19, 2014. Green Party Leader David Coon was the special guest.

"I was never really interested in politics until I realized that partisanship and power had overtaken vision and good decision-making. The Green Party is the only party that realizes we must live within the constraints of the natural environment, and that we can’t continue to pollute and consume without putting all living beings at risk," said Coburn.

 

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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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