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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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From Paris to Fredericton- This is how we build a green economy

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I was walking along Canterbury St. the other day and noticed someone had a solar air heater installed on the end of their home.  It’s a low tech method of harnessing the sun’s energy to heat the adjoining room.  Following the historic agreement forged by the world’s nations at COP 21 in Paris last month to keep our atmosphere from […]

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Time to Start a Real Discussion about Retirement Income

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I am concerned that a growing number of New Brunswickers will not have sufficient income in their retirement. I know that some low income seniors in my riding find themselves having to make unacceptable trade-offs, deciding whether to buy groceries or fill their prescriptions, for example. It is estimated that two thirds of Canadians have no workplace pension plan.  Based […]

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