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  • On the Passing of Nelson Mandela: Statement from David Coon

    Posted by · December 06, 2013 12:00 PM

    06 DECEMBER 2013

    FREDERICTON: In recognition of the passing of Nelson Mandela, David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick released the following statement:

    "Nelson Mandela showed the world that love and hope can triumph over hate and despair, with the power to alter the destiny of an entire nation.   He was an inspiration to billions of people around our precious beautiful planet because he spoke to our shared humanity. How we live our lives matters to everyone. He made us truly feel like members of one human family. The struggle for justice in South Africa was our struggle. The pursuit of freedom from oppression is ours to pursue. The defeat of fear is ours to achieve. The power of love is ours to summon, and the triumph of hope is ours to grasp. If we remember these things, we shall never forget Mandela."

  • Petition Calls for Referendum on Electoral Reform ≈

    Posted by · December 03, 2013 12:00 PM

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  • "Students for Democracy" launch petition for a more proportional voting system

    Posted by · November 15, 2013 12:00 PM

    15 NOVEMBER 2013

    Students at St. Thomas University are collecting names on a petition calling for electoral reform in New Brunswick.

    Matthew Belyea and Amanda Gallant, both social work students at St. Thomas University and founders of Students for Democracy in NB, say that our current first-past-the-post system is not accurately reflecting the will of voters. “The process by which our votes are translated into representative seats is not proportional, and that’s an injustice to the voting population,” says Belyea.

    “If we want to see change in other areas of our life, we need to change how we are represented” says Gallant. “We are targeting youth and students, but we are by no means limiting this initiative to that demographic. This affects all of us.”

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  • Green Party Leader Wants Free Vote on Shale Gas

    Posted by · October 24, 2013 12:00 PM

    24 OCTOBER 2013

    New Brunswick's Green Party Leader David Coon wants a free vote on suspending shale gas licenses when the Legislative Assembly resumes sitting in two weeks.

    "I want to see the representatives of the people in this province consult their constituents, search their consciences, and freely vote on suspending the licenses government has issued for shale gas exploration," said Coon.   "It is vital that each Member of the Legislative Assembly stand and be counted on this issue, unscripted by their Party and bearing no obligation to vote with their Party," said Coon.

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  • Greens Ask Ombudsman to Launch a Public Inquiry into the Events of October 17.

    Posted by · October 22, 2013 12:00 PM

    22 OCTOBER 2013

    The Green Party is calling for a public inquiry into the events of Thursday October 17 at the shale gas protest site outside of Rexton.

    "October 17th was a dark day for New Brunswick. The only way to clear the air and get to the truth amid all of the accusations and innuendo is through a public inquiry. I have written the Ombudsman, Mr. Charles Murray, requesting that he launch an inquiry as soon as possible," said David Coon, Green Party leader.

    The Ombudsman's mandate is to investigate complaints against administrative decisions and acts of officials of the NB government, agencies or organizations, and any of the municipalities of the province to determine if the decisions or actions were unreasonable, unjust, oppressive or discriminatory, or made under a mistake of law or fact, or contrary to law or by an abuse of discretion.

    "Violence by any party is never an acceptable way of resolving a dispute. New Brunswickers need to know what happened and why," said Coon.

     

  • Green Party Leader Wants Premier to Call Emergency Meeting with First Nations

    Posted by · October 18, 2013 12:00 PM

    18 OCTOBER 2013

    The Green Party of New Brunswick is calling on Premier David Alward to immediately hold an emergency meeting with the elected and traditional leadership of all First Nations in New Brunswick following the RCMP assault on what had been a peaceful protest against fracking near Rexton.

    Green Party Leader David Coon wrote the Premier two weeks ago urging him to meet with the leadership of Elsipogtog. In his letter, Coon wrote that Elispogtog's decision to assert its stewardship over the surrounding Crown lands presented an opportunity for the Premier to begin a new relationship with First Nations in New Brunswick.

     

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  • Dear Premier Alward

    Posted by · October 04, 2013 12:00 PM

    04 OCTOBER 2013

    Dear Premier Alward:

    In the wake of the resolution of Elsipogtog's Chief and Council to reclaim their stewardship over all unoccupied Crown land in the Signigtog district of the traditional territories of the Mi'kmaq, I am writing to urge you to meet with Chief Arren Sock and his Council at the earliest possible time.

    The provincial government has maintained its relationship with First Nations is one of government to government. As you know, First Nations in New Brunswick have always maintained that Crown lands are lands that are held in trust by the Crown on their behalf since they were never ceded by treaty. However, at the same time, the Government of New Brunswick treats these lands as its own.

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  • Elizabeth May's Save Democracy Tour Comes to New Brunswick Thursday 23 SEPTEMBER 2013

    Posted by · September 23, 2013 12:00 PM

  • Green Party Leader David Coon to Run in Fredericton South

    Posted by · September 18, 2013 12:00 PM

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    Green Party Leader David Coon was officially affirmed as the Green candidate for Fredericton South at a nomination meeting held Tuesday night at the Roxstone Café  in Fredericton. Coon was elected Leader of the Green Party in September 2012. Prior to that, Coon worked in Fredericton for the Conservation Council  for 28 years.

    "I will work hard to earn the trust of the people of Fredericton South," said Coon. "We can make history and we can make a difference by electing the first Green MLA to the Legislative Assembly next September. I have devoted my career to championing health communities and a healthy environment. It would truly be a privilege to be the people of Fredericton South's champion in the Legislature," said Coon.

    Coon, his wife Janice Harvey, and their two daughters Laura and Caroline live in Skyline Acres.

     

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  • New Brunswick Must Invest in Canadian National Railway Line

    Posted by · August 07, 2013 12:00 PM

    07 AUGUST 2013

    Green Party Leader David Coon wants the New Brunswick government to invest in the CN railway line running from Moncton through Campbellton to avoid the body blow to economy of northern New Brunswick that would come with its abandonment. CN says it will discontinue service by March 2014 unless it governments step forward with $50 million to repair its aging tracks. A wide variety of businesses, including saw mills, blueberry growers and the Port of Belledune depend on the railroad.

    "The railway is so essential to our economy, that it was one of the key conditions of New Brunswick joining Canada in confederation, and as a result was entrenched in the constitution," said Coon." It would be a disaster for current businesses operating in Miramichi, the Acadian peninsula, Bathurst and the Chaleur region to lose this vital transportation link to the rest of the world. And it would hobble efforts to build a new green economy in northern New Brunswick," Coon said.

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