Category Archives: Democratic Reform

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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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Open Atlantic Premier Meetings to Public Scrutiny

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Fredericton – David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick is hoping Atlantic Canadian premiers will discuss a common carbon pricing regime at their meeting in Saint John today, but Atlantic Canadians will be hard pressed to find out if they do. “We share so many common challenges in our region, it’s time […]

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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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Speech for second reading of bill to eliminate political donations from corporations and trade unions

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Here is the text of my speech written in the language in which it was spoken. It’s time that New Brunswick eliminate the role corporate money plays in politics. And the role politics plays in the spending decisions of businesses, and even some organizations and municipalities. A “pay to play” culture has existed across multiple governments over many years. I […]

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Bill to end political donations from corporations and trade unions to have second reading – 16 February 2017

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Fredericton – Today in the Legislative Assembly, David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick, will bring his amendments to the Political Process Financing Act forward for Second Reading. Bill 20, An Act to Amend the Political Process Financing Act will eliminate political donations from corporations and trade unions. “My bill is a […]

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New local governance legislation needs public input – 15 February 2017

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Fredericton – David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick, is calling on the government to invite the public to provide feedback to the Legislative Assembly on its sweeping proposals for improving local governance. “The bills tabled today must strengthen local democracy, so citizens impacted by these changes should be given the chance […]

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Updated: Premier Brian Gallant suggesting against use of ‘quotas’ to ensure more women enter politics. TELEGRAPH JOURNAL – 11 January 2017

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Adam Huras “That’s a standing policy of the Green Party,” Coon said, stating the party’s slate of candidates is to reflect the makeup of society. The Greens fielded 22 women out of a total of 46 candidates in 2014. “People bring their experiences to the table and women experience life differently than how men experience life,” Coon said. “It’s important […]

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