Category Archives: Democratic Reform

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N.B. politicians may face new sex harassment rules – Telegraph Journal – 14 March 2018

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Green Party Leader David Coon had been calling on another committee of government to add an MLA code of conduct to existing rules. The Gallant government is aiming to create a separate workplace harassment policy for the province’s politicians and their staff. It also plans to add a section on harassment to a code of conduct governing MLAs, two moves […]

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Conflict rules for MLAs shouldn’t be too restrictive, Serge Rousselle says – CBC News – 15 March 2018

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Can the provincial government tighten its conflict-of-interest laws without going too far? That was the subject of debate on this week’s Political Panel, after New Brunswick Integrity Commissioner Alexandre Deschênes, in his annual report, called again for tougher legislation governing MLAs. “The context here is so many people don’t trust politicians, have a low opinion of politicians. So you want […]

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Proportional representation should be on the ballot for 2018

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M. Coon : Le Comité permanent de la politique économique s’est réuni pendant 85 heures depuis le 7 novembre pour examiner et modifier des projets de loi, mais aucun des amendements que j’ai proposés n’a été accepté. De plus, des projets de loi importants, comme celui visant à modifier la Loi sur la santé publique, n’ont même pas été étudiés. […]

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The Corporatization of the Public Service Trumps Public Accountability

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A key function of the Legislative Assembly is to exercise control over government action, according to the Legislative Assembly’s website. While the idea of an assembly of elected representative exercising control over the actions of a premier and his or her cabinet may sound revolutionary, it is how our system of parliamentary democracy is actually supposed to work, and it […]

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Green party leader’s bill to foster intercultural understanding passes into law

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Fredericton –Today in the Legislative Assembly, Green party leader, David Coon’s bill, An Act to Amend the Education Act passed Third reading. “My bill will ensure all students learn about the legacy of residential schools, the nature of our treaties and our shared histories, and the realities of indigenous people today,” said Coon. “This will help build the intercultural understanding […]

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