Category Archives: In the News

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Liberals accused of buying votes with $815M budget – Telegraph Journal – 8 November 2017

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Author by: JOHN CHILIBECK Legislature Bureau Photo by: JOHN CHILIBECK Legislature Bureau It’s the same old problem. Governments refuse to provide the details of their capital budgets, preferring to unveil them later on when it serves them politically. That’s frustrating and speaks to a lack of transparency – David Coon FREDERICTON • New Brunswick will spend $815 million on public […]

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‘It’s not acceptable’: College apologizes for cancelling seniors meeting – Telegraph Journal – 8 November 2017

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Author by : ALAN COCHRANE TIMES & TRANSCRIPT Photo by : TIMES & TRANSCRIPT PHOTO ARCHIVE Smacks of political interference – David Coon Cecile Cassista, executive director of the Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents’ Rights, says the grassroots effort to stop privatization of health care will continue. The CEO of New Brunswick’s francophone community college system has apologized […]

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Premier to MLA: Quit one of your jobs or you’re out – Telegraph Journal – 2 November 2017

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Author by :JOHN CHILIBECK Legislature Bureau Photo by : JOHN CHILIBECK Legislature Bureau Liberal MLA Donald Arseneault is under fire for accepting a second job in Ottawa as he continues to serve as an MLA for the Campbellton-Dalhousie riding. FREDERICTON • New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant has given an ultimatum to a veteran politician – either quit one of your […]

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Green leader cites T-J investigation during Question Period exchange – Telegraph Journal – 2 November 2017

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Author by: MICHAEL ROBINSON, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER Photo by : Nathan DeLong/Brunswick News Archive From what I can see, secrecy abounds everywhere. – David Coon Ambulance New Brunswick was a topic of conversation in the legislature on Thursday. Green Party leader David Coon is sounding the alarm over Ambulance New Brunswick’s latest attempt to block the release of information to the […]

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EXCLUSIVE: MLA: Change conflict rules, even if it costs me second job – Telegraph Journal – 2 November 2017

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Author by : ADAM HURAS Legislature Bureau Photo by : ADAM HURAS Legislature Bureau Continue as an MLA or take the new job as a lobbyist. – David Coon Liberal MLA Donald Arseneault. TIMES & TRANSCRIPT/FILE PHOTO/ARCHIVE OTTAWA • Donald Arseneault says the conflict laws that allowed him to take on a second job need to change, even if he […]

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First-contract arbitration would become a right under new bill – CBCNews – 25 October 2017

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Author by : Nathalie Sturgeon Photo by : Nathalie Sturgeon It does overall increase the potential for unionization across New Brunswick, which is key here. David Coon The New Brunswick government has proposed an amendment to the Industrial Relations Act that would give unionized employees a right to first contract arbitration. (Jacques Poitras/CBC) Unions negotiating a first contract would have […]

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UPDATED: Sitting Liberal MLA criticized for taking second job – Telegram Journal – October 23, 2017

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Author by : JOHN CHILIBECK Photo by : JOHN CHILIBECK Liberal MLA Donald Arseneault has taken a trades union job in Ottawa. Photo archives FREDERICTON • Former New Brunswick cabinet minister Donald Arseneault is under fire for working two jobs. Arseneault has begun working as government relations manager for Canada’s Building Trades Unions, while holding down his job as the […]

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Premier baffled by election speculation, says it’s not his fault – CBCNews – 23 October 2017

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Author by : Jacques Poitras Photo by :Jacques Poitras It was the early election call that wasn’t. Premier Brian Gallant called on the lieutenant-governor Monday morning but did not ask her to dissolve the legislature for an election 11 months early. And Gallant promptly denied any responsibility for a weekend of fevered speculation that he might go to the polls […]

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