September was a busy time for the Green Party of New Brunswick. David Coon appointed fellow MLAs, Megan Mitton and Kevin Arseneau, as Deputy Leaders, we hosted a very successful Campaign School in Moncton, and we began forming new registered district associations (RDAs) across the province. October is set to be just as packed, as we plan to form an incredible 27 new RDAs in the following weeks!
As Premier Higgs’ attempts to fracture our province with divisive rhetoric aimed at the 2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous, and francophone communities, we are pulling together to build a better, more inclusive New Brunswick for everyone.
Thank you to the many members who have stepped forward to hold executive positions on their RDAs. Your dedication to grassroots democracy helps build our party from the ground up.
The rumors are flying that we might have another snap election. Greens believe in fixed election dates and are planning for October 2024. But, just like in 2020, if the Premier decides to call the election early, we will be ready and will respond by turning all our resources toward electing more Green MLAs. Speaking of elections, I want to remind everyone that nominations for candidates are now open in every riding across the province. Participatory democracy means that everyone has the right to run for office, and we want our Legislature to be more representative of the people it serves. If you are passionate about serving your community and making New Brunswick a better place for everyone, I encourage you to apply to be a candidate for the Green Party of New Brunswick.
To help us prepare for the next election – whenever it’s called – please donate to our Election Readiness Fund.
Executive Director of the Green Party of New Brunswick
In This Issue:
- Staff Appreciation Spotlight
- Upcoming Events
- MLAs in Action
Staff Appreciation Spotlight
Mariana Mora Fonseca
Mariana has gone above and beyond her role as our administrator. She works from 1-5pm at the Green Party office in Fredericton, on top of her busy schedule as a full-time student at NBCC.
Mariana has played a crucial role in getting our party organized since beginning the admin position in June of this year.
We could not have accomplished everything we have done over the last several months without her. Thank you so much Mariana for all of your hard work and the positive vibes you bring to our team!
Leader’s Quarterly Update with David Coon
Wednesday, October 11 @ 7:00pm on Zoom
With election rumours flying – you won’t want to miss this Quarterly Leader’s Update with David Coon. As always, you will get the insider’s scoop on what’s happening in the Legislature, what our MLAs are working on, what our party has accomplished, and ask David your questions directly so you can stay up to date on New Brunswick politics.
Please REGISTER for this Zoom event HERE.
**This event is open to current members. To check on the status of your membership, email us at [email protected]. If you are new to the Party or know your membership expired, renew your membership HERE.
Campaign School - Fredericton
Saturday, October 14 @ 10:00am
If you plan to be involved in the next election – especially as a candidate or campaign manager – we encourage you to join our campaign school to learn some of those essential campaigning skills.
Please RSVP by emailing [email protected] and we will provide more details closer to October 14th.
Our campaign school will teach you how to organize your local team, create strategies for success, and get your message out to voters. We hope to see you there!
RDA Founding Meetings
Registered District Associations (RDAs) are the local riding-level branches of our party. They help to select candidates, recruit members and volunteers, raise funds, organize events, and prepare for election campaigns. By becoming a member of the Green Party of New Brunswick, you are automatically a member of your local RDA.
Below is a list of the upcoming meetings of RDAs this month:
- Saint Croix - Monday, October 2 @ 7pm - Zoom
- Moncton area ridings - Tuesday, October 3 @ 5pm - in-person at Resurgo Place
- Arcadia-Butternut Valley-Maple Hills - Wednesday, October 4 @ 7pm - in-person at the Cambridge Narrows Library and on Zoom
- Sussex-Three Rivers - Thursday, October 5 @ 7pm - in-person (location by RSVP)
- Saint John area ridings - Wednesday, October 11 @ 6pm - in-person at Ustation 87 Prince William St, Saint John, NB E2L 2B2
- Restigouche-West and Restigouche-East - Thursday, October 11 @ 7pm - in-person and on Zoom (location by RSVP)
- Quispamsis and Rothesay - Thursday, October 12 @ 5pm - in-person at KV Library 1 Landing Ct, Quispamsis, NB E2E 4R2
- Hautes-Terres-Nepisiguit - Thursday, October 12 @ 6:30pm - Zoom
- Belle-Baie-Belledune - Thursday, October 12 @ 8pm - Zoom
- Fredericton-York - Saturday, October 14 @ 3 - 4pm - in-person (location by RSVP)
- Caraquet, Shippagan-Les-Îles, Tracadie - Monday, October 16 @ 7pm - in-person (location by RSVP)
- Fredericton-North - Tuesday, October 17 @ 6pm - in-person at Killarney Lake Lodge
- Grand Falls-Saint Quentin, Edmundston-Vallée-des-Rivières - Tuesday, October 17 @ 7pm - Zoom
*All members will receive invitations to their RDA meeting, but anyone is welcome welcome to join. If you would like more information about a specific meeting, please contact our regional mobilizers, Addison Fach at [email protected], or Myriam Cormier at [email protected] and they will be happy to assist you.
We will be holding monthly Green Drinks social gatherings in Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John starting this October. Come join us, meet like-minded Green supporters, and bring your friends and family.
Fredericton - Saturday, October 21 @ 7pm - Picaroons Roundhouse, 912 Union St
Moncton - Thursday, October 19 @ 7pm - Laundromat Espresso Bar, 382 rue St. George St
Saint John - Friday, October 13 @ 6pm - Wasted Day, 36 Water St
MLAs in Action
Last month, leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick, David Coon, appointed fellow MLAs Megan Mitton and Kevin Arseneau as deputy party leaders.
Megan Mitton has been the MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar since 2018 and will be running for re-election in the Tantramar riding in the next election. She is currently the Green Party critic for Environment and Climate Change; Health; Human Rights; Postsecondary Education, Training and Labour; Service NB; and Women’s Equality. She also serves on the Legislature’s Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship, Public Account, and Social Policy committees.
Kevin Arseneau has been the MLA for Kent North since 2018, where he will be running for re-election in the next election. He is currently the Green Party critic for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries; Economic Development; Education; Finance and Treasury Board; Local Government; Official Languages; Public Safety; Transportation and Infrastructure; and Tourism, Heritage and Culture. He also serves on the Legislature’s Economic Policy, Estimates, and Fiscal Policy, Private Bills and Legislative Administration committees.