Author Archives: DavidCoonMLA

Question Period: Environmental Impact Assessment for Energy East Pipeline – Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Environmental Impact Assessment     Mr. Coon: My question is for the Minister of Environment. Under Schedule A of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation, any proposal to construct a pipeline exceeding 5 km in length must be registered with the minister before it is commenced in order for the minister to determine whether or not the completion of an environmental […]

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Member’s Statement – School closures and Rural Development

Mr. Speaker, it has been decades since any government has had staff dedicated to promoting rural development.  In fact rural community development has not been among government priorities since the 1980s.  The decline in student numbers in rural schools should be seen as an opportunity to strengthen rural communities by utilizing them to provide child care, senior care, early childhood […]

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Question Period: Canadian paper products – Friday, March 13, 2015

Trade of Canadian paper products     Mr. Coon: My question is for the Minister of Economic Development. The Telegraph-Journal reported today that a coalition of American pulp and paper companies has filed a petition with the United States International Trade Commission applying for countervailing duties to be placed on imports of some Canadian paper products. They claim that federal […]

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Speculation of an HST hike rekindled (Telegraph-Journal March 14,2015)

FREDERICTON • The finance minister says the provincial budget on March 31 will be full of difficult decisions, what the Tory Opposition leader describes as code words for one of two things: a sales tax increase or a cynical ploy to delight people if the Liberals don’t impose a widely-expected HST hike. Finance Minister Roger Melanson released the budget date in the […]

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Member’s Statement: Child and Youth Advocate’s work is critical

Mr. Speaker, New Brunswick’s Child and Youth Advocate does critical work as an officer of this Legislative Assembly.  Every year he produces a State of the Child report and every year makes specific recommendations to help the children and youth of our province.  There is a problem. The Child and Youth Advocate has no Legislative Committee to which he reports.  […]

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