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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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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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Why I Chose Green

Why I chose Green

My grandfather graduated from grade six, and he was one of the smartest men I have ever known. In our family, getting Papa, as we called him, to complete grade six was always talked about as a success – something to celebrate. My grandparents ran a small successful farm, and they were immersed in their community, like many of us […]

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An Update from your MLA

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As everyone knows by now, the Sir Max Aitken pool at UNB will stay open for the next 3 years to provide the time needed to plan for a new aquatic centre to serve the greater Fredericton area. The provincial government was convinced at the 11th hour that it should bridge the financial gap that the City and UNB had been unable to close in order to prolong the life of the existing pool…

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