Dismissal of Chief Medical Officer of Health Must Be Explained

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Green Party David Coon

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”.

Green Party Leader Will Call for Local Control of Resources at Miramichi Rally

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MLA David Coon Leader of The Green Party

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.


Elizabeth May Responds To Mulcair’s Refusal To Participate In National Televised Debates

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Elizabeth May leader of the Green Party

(OTTAWA) – Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (Saanich – Gulf Islands) today replied to Tom Mulcair’s letter regarding the leaders debates:

“Mr. Mulcair claims that the Canadian public is ‘best served through a variety of debates,’ yet he refuses to participate,” said May. “Mr. Mulcair has backed out of the women’s debate and he bailed on the English national televised leaders’ debate.”

“In 2011, over 14 million Canadians watched the televised leaders’ debates. This year, thanks to Mr. Mulcair and Mr. Harper, Canadians may be deprived of a fully accessible English leaders’ debate from our national television broadcasters.”

“This is unacceptable. Canadians deserve the opportunity to watch their leaders’ debate on issues that affect them. It is an important part of the election process.”

“I urge Mr. Mulcair, in the interest of public engagement and higher voter turn-out, to restore his earlier acceptance of the major CBC-CTV-Global English leaders debate.”


David Coon’s Reply to the Speech from the Throne

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Reply to the Speech from the Throne December 9, 2014 David Coon, MLA, Fredericton South Leader of the Green Party of NB Contact: Margot Malenfant, Legislative Assistant (506) 478-7781

Mr. Speaker, before I begin my response to the Speech from the Throne, I want to thank the people of Fredericton South for electing me to represent them in this Legislative Assembly.

It is an honour and a tremendous responsibility to serve the community of Fredericton South in this House.

I want to thank the many young women and men, some who voted for the first time in their lives, who put their faith in me. I also want to acknowledge all of the children and youth, too young to vote, who seemed galvanized by my candidacy and cheered me on during the campaign and celebrated my election. I will be forever thankful for their enthusiasm and I will be respectful of the trust they have put in me to give a voice to their hopes and dreams.

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