David Coon, leader of the Green party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South, is calling on the Premier to respond to the 10-year national housing strategy announced Nov 22nd with details on how New Brunswick will participate.
“The number one issue I hear about from constituents at my office is housing insecurity,” said Coon. “Now the federal government has announced a $40B, ten-year plan to support affordable housing across the country and our government has been silent as to how it will put this money to use.”
Since Prime Minister Trudeau announced the plan, provincial ministers and premiers across the country have responded publicly to address their priorities and concerns with the plan: including Ontario, Nova Scotia, British Colombia, Alberta, and Quebec. The New Brunswick government has been absent from the public discourse.
“On an issue of such importance to New Brunswick, the silence is unacceptable,” said Coon. “If the province is negotiating with the federal government for our share of that $40B, New Brunswickers should know what our government’s priorities are.”
Fredericton– Green Party Leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon is calling the government’s dismissal of Dr. Eilish Cleary as New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer of House outrageous in a statement released today.
“Dr. Cleary, in her role as doctor to the people of New Brunswick has earned tremendous respect and even affection from New Brunswickers. So many felt such pride in her courageous decision to join the battle against Ebola in Africa. Many felt vindicated when her shale gas report validated their concerns about fracking after the previous government dismissed them as borne of ignorance. Health Minister Boudreau has a responsibility to provide a credible explanation for the decision to remove Dr. Cleary from her position. She has always been willing to directly reach out to New Brunswickers and our communities as our collective physician. It makes one wonder if this didn’t threaten the government’s effort to control its message, particularly given the recent removal and reassignment of the former Director of DNR’s Fish and Wildlife Branch, also without explanation”.
Fredericton – On Saturday, September 19th David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick will visit Miramichi to participate in a rally supporting the residents demand that the Gallant government work to strengthen their local economy by giving it more control over local resources, while respecting New Brunswick’s treaty relationship with the Mi’kmaq in the region.
For example, two mills in Miramichi lay idle for lack of access to Crown wood, when they could be putting more than 200 Miramichiers to work with the stroke of the Minister of Natural Resources pen. Yet, only 15% of the spruce and fir that is permitted to be cut from the Miramichi Crown license is available for Miramichi mills, and they are not even allowed to access it to put local people to work in local mills. The bulk of the wood is leaving the area to mills in Bathurst, Belledune, Atholville, Edmundston, Plaster Rock, and Chipman, while private woodlot owners struggle to find decent markets for their wood.
“We need to hit reset on our system of wood allocation from Crown land so that it strengthens local economies, as our Green Party candidate in the Carleton by-election, Andrew Clark, proposed in his region when Juniper Lumber went out of business,” said Coon.
Clark, a forestry contractor and trucker, says the Crown Lands and Forest Act must be replaced so that local forest resources are used to benefit the local economy. “When Juniper Lumber closed down, a group of us from our region established a cooperative to take over responsibility for the Crown wood in the area, but the government of the day turned us down.”
“The problem has been that Conservative and Liberal governments have been corporate governments, favouring the profitability of corporations over the health of our communities,” said the Green Party leader. “To make local economies and local jobs the priorities, local communities, like the Miramichi, have to pull together so they can become masters of their own house.” If we are to move New Brunswick forward, we must decentralize economic decision-making to promote regional self-reliance and initiative,” said Coon.
The Alward government took a chance on the referendum like campaign with the following format yes for shale gas and prosperity or no to shale gas and poverty. Had the outcome of this election have been any different it would have given the Alward government the ticket to do whatever it pleased. The pillar for shale gas exploration and development was former energy minister Craig Leonard was defeated by the party leader David Coon who is diametrically opposed to shale gas development because of the potential of catastrophic environmental damage created by the shale gas technologies. Continue reading →
The Conservatives are aggressively pushing for this industry, they see shale gas as the miracle drug that will fix all of New Brunswick Woes, The Alward Campaign is full of ads that targets peoples emotions rather than their intellect. That last thing that Alward would want is people thinking for themselves. The best way to do this is by emotional appeal. The YES Campaign make it look like that all these people will come back to New Brunswick, no question that there may be some that will come back but most will stay in Alberta, The longer they are away the less likely they will return, can you imagine what it would be like to have to leave your friends, changing schools and so on just to come back to NB. Highly unlikely.
The truth is that as much as Alward and his gang would like us to believe that industry will adhere to regulations, the reality is that industry, mandate is to make profits, and more profits and more profits, it’s called growth. Recently there has been environmental disaster direly related to industry, so why is shale gas going to be any different.