Author Archives: DavidCoonMLA

Big-Hearted Contracts for Multi-Nationals

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This was one of those weeks where cynicism hovered over the Legislative committee room threatening to soak my sense of hope that politicians can do better. Auditor General Kim McPherson presented the first volume of her work for the year to our Public Accounts Committee. Our job is to ensure that Departments spend the budgets approved by the Legislative Assembly […]

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Alcohol hospitalizations outnumber heart-attacks: report – Telegraph-Journal – 22 June 2017

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Article by Colin McPhail Photo by Ryan Remiorz Saint John • There were more hospitalizations in Canada caused by alcohol than by heart attacks last year, according to alarming statistics in a new report examining the impact of alcohol on Canadians and health care. The Canadian Institute for Health Information report, released Thursday, concluded 212 people were hospitalized daily for […]

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“It’s Incredible! I just could not believe my eyes!”- Jean-Claude Basque – 21 June 2017

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By Jean-Claude Basque It’s Incredible! I just could not believe my eyes! Moncton – “These are just a few of the nice words that came to my mind when I read the news about the Department of Social Development paying Ernst and Young $13.2 million dollars without even going to the tender process.“ says Johanne Petitpas, co-chair of the Common […]

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Government consultant paid $13M for $10M in savings – Telegraph-Journal – 20 June 2017

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Article by Robert Williams Photo by Robert Williams “It is extraordinary that this is happening,” said Coon. “They’re issuing contracts for over $12 million without any clear objectives, without any clear measurables, without any clear deliverables, that seem to have been drawn up by the consultant on the consultant letterhead.” New Brunswick’s auditor general is blaming a “culture of complacency” […]

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N.B. editorial: Take auditor general’s findings to heart – Telegraph-Journal – 22 June 2017

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Article by Telegraph Journal Photo by Robert Williams In her typical calm, dispassionate way, Auditor General Kim MacPherson has once again pulled back the curtain of government secrecy on a stunning abuse of taxpayers money. After paying a consulting firm, Ernst and Young, a staggering $13 million to find $47 million in savings in the Department of Social Development, the […]

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Belledune plant casts shadow on climate-change plan – Telegraph-Journal – 20 June 2017

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Article by John Chilibeck Photo from Times & Transcript archive “The emphasis on the part of government has to be on helping us save energy and helping us switch to renewable energy,” (David Coon) said in a media scrum. “We are not going to get anywhere near close the 2030 target unless we up our game in helping people save […]

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Time to Start Down the Road to Reconciliation: Statement by the Green party leader on National Aboriginal Day

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Fredericton – David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick issued the following statement in recognition of National Aboriginal Day: “Today is National Aboriginal Day. Two years ago, this month the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released 94 calls to action for governments and educational institutions to begin down the road of […]

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Province paid $13M to consultants to find $10M in savings — maybe: Telegraph-Journal – 20 June 2017

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Article by Jacques Poitras Photo by Jacques Poitras A government-hired consulting firm was paid millions of dollars by New Brunswick taxpayers, despite not saving nearly as much money as promised, according to the province’s auditor general. Ernst & Young played a role in setting the terms of part of the contract the firm later bid on, which Kim MacPherson calls […]

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