More New Brunswickers than ever are sharing our Green Party vision. In the recent election, the Green Party again increased its share of the vote, to 15.2%. That's up from 11.9% in the 2018 election, and 6.6% in the 2014 election. The Green Party won 4.6% of the vote in 2010, the first provincial election in which we ran candidates. Our party was formed in 2008.
This year, among all parties, the Greens had by far the most diverse slate of candidates. Results show the Green Party made positive gains in every corner of the province, with almost all ridings showing a positive gain in Green votes.
We regained our three seats: David Coon in Fredericton South, Megan Mitton in Memramcook-Tantramar and Kevin Arseneau in Kent North. When people elect a Green, they are satisfied of their work.
Strong local campaigns resulted in 12 second-place finishes across New Brunswick: Charles Thériault in Restigouche West, Marie Larivière in Restigouche-Chaleur, Marie-Christine Haché in Caraquet, Gilles Cormier in Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé, Carole Chan in Moncton Centre, Jenny O'Neil in Albert, Brent Harris in Saint John Harbour, Bruce Dryer in Kings Centre, Jennifer Smith in New Maryland-Sunbury, Luke Randall in Fredericton North, Melissa Fraser in Fredericton-York and Susan Jonah in Fredericton West-Hanwell.
Two of our second-place candidates won the majority of votes cast on election night, but this was not sufficient to overcome the votes cast early, before their campaigns had caught fire.
Elections NB reimburses eligible campaign expenses when a candidate receives more than 15% of the votes. For the first time, 18 of our candidates exceeded that level of support! The RDAs in the electoral districts represented by those candidates will be able to use those funds to build towards the 2024 election.
Congratulations to all our candidates and their teams and volunteers who did such an amazing job.
News from Green MLAs
Our Green MLAs were busy in August and September running their successful election campaigns with their teams and volunteers, with our Leader campaigning around the province to support our candidates. Earlier this week, on Sept. 28, David, Megan and Kevin were sworn in as MLAs for the 60th Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick.
The premier has indicated that the Legislative Assembly will resume sitting in mid-November. Our Green MLAs are working to prepare their legislative agenda for the fall, while resuming their constituency work.
Since the election, Green MLAs have made two public statements on issues of concern in the province: the need for stronger regulations on industrial carbon emissions and ensuring access to reproductive health services following the imminent closure of Clinic 554. For more information, click on the headline below.
Policy working group
The position of Green Party Policy Working Group Chair or Co-Chair is currently open. Green Party members interested in learning more about the position can contact Tom McLean at firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan O’Donnell and Brian Beaton at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October is a special time of year with the beautiful fall colours on display across New Brunswick. It's a time to reflect on all the good people and bountiful gifts we have in our province. The Green Party of New Brunswick Provincial Council, leader, MLAs, staff and volunteers wish all our members and friends a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday on October 12.