Category Archives: Democratic Reform

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3 Green MLAs table their first motions

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Our new Green caucus is off to a strong start. On Wednesday, October 24th, the three Green MLAs tabled their first motions in the Legislative Assembly on topics that matter to the people of New Brunswick. Megan Mitton, MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar, tabled a motion pushing for a public enquiry into the adequacy of ambulance services in the province. Check out […]

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Motion: Proportional Representation, 24 October 2018

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WHEREAS the 2018 New Brunswick General Election produced a minority government where the proportion of Members elected to the Legislative Assembly does not reflect the proportion of votes received by each party in the election; WHEREAS Fair Vote Canada found that Legislatures using proportional representation are more stable, as there is no incentive for calling a quick election in order […]

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Green Caucus Invites all MLAs to collaborate in the Legislature

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Fredericton – The Green caucus, including David Coon, Leader and MLA for Fredericton South, Kevin Arseneau, MLA for Kent North, and Megan Mitton, MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar, held a news conference to release a copy of a Declaration of Intent they have drafted for the consideration of all MLAs to declare their willingness to collaborate in the Legislative Assembly once a […]

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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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