Green Party Leader David Coon says that Tory and Liberal support for expanding the oil and gas industry has undermined their commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
In the past 11 years, carbon emissions from the electric power sector have declined by almost 17%, decreasing by 1 million tonnes, while emissions from fossil fuel production and refining have more than doubled, increasing by 1.3 million tonnes, according to the latest data published last month inEnvironment Canada's National Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
"Climate change is raising the cost of everything from household insurance and groceries to road repairs and flood compensation," said Green Party leader David Coon. "The Alward government must establish a legally-binding cap on carbon emissions and table a credible climate action plan before it contemplates releasing an oil and gas blueprint," said Coon. "The doubling of emissions from the oil and gas sector has cancelled out all of the progress we made to get emissions down in the electric power sector," he said.
The Lord and Graham governments committed to lowering New Brunswick's emissions to 1990 levels by 2012. The Alward government committed in its Energy Blueprint to achieve a further 10% reduction by 2020. As of 2011, New Brunswick's emissions were 16%, or 2.6 million tonnes, higher than they were in 1990.
New Brunswick's first climate action plan expired last year and has not been replaced.
30 MARCH 2013
After visiting the riding of Kent on Wednesday, Green Party leader David Coon announced that the Greens are not running a candidate in the April 15 byelection.
"We will not run a parachute candidate in the Kent byelection like most of the other parties," said Coon. "Our potential local candidates were not able to offer to run on such short-notice, and given they would have to do it all over again in the general election just 18 months from now, they chose to wait this one out," said Coon.
"What I heard when I visited the riding on Wednesday is that people are not happy with the parties parachuting candidates into their communities, so we will not run someone from outside," said Coon.
27 MARCH 2013
Green Party Leader David Coon says that Finance Minister Blaine Higgs refusal to rescind the 2009 income tax cuts made by the Graham government, is a choice to cut public services and public jobs instead. The Green Party says that the 2009 income tax cuts created New Brunswick's structural deficit, and that restoring them would eliminate it.
"It is unbelievable that the Minister of Finance would pass up the chance to slay the deficit simply to keep New Brunswick's income tax rates lower than anywhere else in Eastern Canada," said David Coon, Green Party leader. New Brunswickers are going to pay in lost services and a perpetual deficit," said Coon.
25 MARCH 2013
In laying out his expectations for tomorrow's budget, Green Party leader David Coon says it must ensure that people and their communities come first, warning the government's efforts to bring revenues and expenditures back into balance cannot be merely a matter of arithmetic.
The Green Party has maintained the fairest approach to redressing New Brunswick's structural deficit is to rescind the personal and corporate income tax cuts made in the 2009 budget, which at the time the Party predicted would create the structural deficit the province now carries.
01 MARCH 2013
Green Party Leader David Coon is calling on Premier Alward to convene an emergency summit of Maritime Premiers to create a common front in the face of Stephen Harper`s relentless attack on the fabric of the Maritimes.
25 FEBRUARY 2013
Full press statement
Green Party Leader David Coon announced at a news conference today that he is launching a tour of the province to visit business, cooperative and social enterprises which are building a new economy in New Brunswick.
"A new economy is growing the shell of the old unsustainable one," said David Coon, Green Party Leader. All across this province there are entrepreneurs, cooperatives, primary producers, artists and social innovators who are reshaping our economy into one that is more local, greener, less dependent on fossil fuels, and accessible to all. And it doesn't involve fracking or pipelines from the Alberta tar sands, he said."
22 JANUARY 2013
The Green Party of New Brunswick has released a position paper on the proposed prescription drug plan saying it will only be affordable if Province's approach to primary health care is transformed.
The annual costs of the existing public prescription programs have been growing at a greater rate than the other big areas of public health expenditures – hospital operations and physicians’ fees,” said Green Party Health advocate Jim Wolstenholme. "So it is essential that collaborative health care teams be built around family doctors so they know their patients can be supported in making needed lifestyle changes, rather than being left to simply write prescriptions for them."
10 JANUARY 2013
Mr. Coon is an observer at the EUB hearings on Point Lepreau.
It is beyond belief that NB Power is claiming the refurbished nuclear power plant at Point Lepreau will operate trouble free for 27 years at 89% capacity. The operating history of CANDU reactors in general and Point Lepreau specifically makes the utility's claim amount to little more than magical thinking. Even AECL would only guarantee an 80% capacity before paying penalties to NB Power in the warranty for the refurbished Point Lepreau - which NB Power ripped up.
20 DECEMBER 2012
The growing number of families who must avail themselves of food banks and charity this time of year to have a dignified Christmas is a sign that governments have abandoned their role of ensuring that everyone can live a dignified life year round, according to the Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick. The Greens want the Alward government to stop downloading its responsibilities for the poor onto churches, voluntary organizations and philanthropists.
"Living in poverty is like being punished for a crime you didn't commit, as the English writer Eli Khamarov famously wrote," said Green Party Leader David Coon. "It is time to stop punishing those living in poverty and put enough money into their hands to pay for housing, heat, power and groceries," said Coon. "I can't think of a better way to stimulate the economy."
14 DECEMBER 2012
In a commentary published today in the Telegraph Journal, the heads of the Economics Departments from every university in New Brunswick, along with their colleagues, wrote that the best place to begin addressing the provincial deficits to restore the 2008 income tax rates. This reinforces the call the Green Party made on November 2nd for Finance Minister Blaine Higgs to restore the 2008 income tax rates, and a similar proposal made by the New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice.
Minister of Finance Blaine Higgs’ recent announcement that the provincial fiscal deficit will be about $356 million – twice as high as anticipated in his budget – sparked considerable comment. However, the effects of the reductions in personal income tax rates that were phased in between 2009 and 2011 have been largely ignored, although they put a large hole in the province’s finances.