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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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The Truth of the Matter

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Last year, the Premier, or someone in the Premier’s office acting on his behalf, told Service New Brunswick, presumably through their CEO, that he wanted the new property assessment system up and running in 18 months, not the three years that had been planned for its roll-out. When journalists asked the Premier during a scrum whether someone in his office […]

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Democracy is Coming

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Two weeks ago, New Brunswick’s Commission on Electoral Reform released its recommendations for increasing both voter participation, and the participation of underrepresented groups in our elections. Voter participation has been in freefall since the 1987 election, with only 64 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot in 2014, down from 82 percent 30 years ago. Democracy is the means by […]

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Where it All Begins

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Participating in last week’s citizenship ceremony in Fredericton was the highlight of my year thus far. It was a privilege to play a role in such an important moment in the lives of 61 women, men, youth and children from 21 different countries, as they became Canadian citizens. The auditorium at the Wu Centre overflowed with pride and excitement. It […]

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Deliberate Decisions and Budget Choices

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Last week the government tabled its budget. Next week, I will have the chance to ask questions about the details, department by department at the Estimates and Fiscal Policy Committee. However, comparing this budget with last year’s, many of the choices made by the Premier and cabinet are clear. We heard in the budget speech that funding to the Department […]

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