Author Archives: DavidCoonMLA

Real Change Means System Change

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We need to build compassion back into our public services. To be clear, I’m talking about the system, not the people who work in it. Some months ago, I attended a forum about youth in care, which brought together youth, whose guardian is effectively the Minister of Social Development, with social workers who work in the system. At one point, […]

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Governing for the Common Good

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I’m not sure when the canyon opened up between us and our government, but we are at risk of falling in unless the government formed after the September election is committed to bridging it. The secrecy must end, the attitude has to change, and trust must be restored. The edge of the cliff we are standing on is a democratic […]

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Coon: Ending in Collins case a ‘bad day for democracy’ – Telegraph Journal – 27 July 2018

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“This represents a level of political interference that has reached dizzying heights – heights we haven’t seen so far in this legislative assembly,” Coon said. “It is corrupting the very work of the seat of our democracy. It’s a bad day for democracy, and New Brunswickers need and deserve better.” Article by: KATRINA CLARKE A committee of politicians wants MLA […]

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A Just Society Unites Us – Injustice Divides Us

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My first real memory of politics was Pierre Trudeau’s advocacy for a just society. As an eleven year old, this vision for our county inspired me. If politics was capable of bringing about social change, it was something I wanted to know more about. This was also the era of Louis Robichaud’s program of social equality, continued by Richard Hatfield, […]

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We Need Maritime Collaboration

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To hear Liberals and Tories talk about our future as New Brunswickers, one could be forgiven for thinking we, like Robinson Crusoe, have been cast away on an uncharted island, solely dependent on our individual capacity to survive in enforced isolation. As Maritimers, we are well aware that our sister provinces of Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia grapple with […]

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Green Party Leader Statement on Canada Day

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Fredericton –The Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South, David Coon, issued the following statement in recognition of Canada Day: “Today as we come together with our friends, family and neighbours to celebrate the country that many of us have called home all our lives, I would like to recognize and congratulate the many […]

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The outsiders who may become N.B. political kings – The Daily Gleaner – 23 June 2018

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Article by: KATRINA CLARKE The race is looking tight. The legislative assembly could be split down the middle. And two men could hold the balance of power. David Coon, leader of the Green party, and Kris Austin, leader of the People’s Alliance, both have good chances of re-election and election in their respective ridings in the upcoming provincial election, say […]

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A Green economy would be about N.B. buying local – Telegraph Journal – 22 June 2018

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“New Brunswickers would be appalled to learn that this archaic legislation doesn’t address ecological sustainability, fails to acknowledge Aboriginal treaty rights, or ensure fairness for private woodlot owners and independent sawmill operators,” Coon has said. Article by: JOHN CHILIBECK FREDERICTON • David Coon says New Brunswickers should buy from their own. The Green leader has been giving stump speeches in […]

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Auditor rings alarm bells over N.B.’s debt months before provincial election – Times Colonist – 12 June 2018

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“The government stopped on its progress in reducing the deficit and the books should have been balanced for next year, and that’s not happening. P.E.I. is balanced, Nova Scotia is balanced and we should be balanced,” Coon said. Article by: Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press FREDERICTON — With a New Brunswick election just months away, the auditor general is sounding […]

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