Category Archives: Statements

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Member’s Statement – School closures and Rural Development

Mr. Speaker, it has been decades since any government has had staff dedicated to promoting rural development.  In fact rural community development has not been among government priorities since the 1980s.  The decline in student numbers in rural schools should be seen as an opportunity to strengthen rural communities by utilizing them to provide child care, senior care, early childhood […]

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Member’s Statement: Child and Youth Advocate’s work is critical

Mr. Speaker, New Brunswick’s Child and Youth Advocate does critical work as an officer of this Legislative Assembly.  Every year he produces a State of the Child report and every year makes specific recommendations to help the children and youth of our province.  There is a problem. The Child and Youth Advocate has no Legislative Committee to which he reports.  […]

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Member’s Statement: EUB Investigation

Mr. Speaker, the Energy and Utilities Board has launched an investigation to determine whether Irving Oil has been systematically charging commercial oil customers at rates higher than the regulated price or simply been making occasional billing errors with a handful of customers.  Either way the Department of Education paid Irving $4,286,763 for energy in 2013-2014.  Someone should be checking to […]

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Member’s Statement: Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Mr. Speaker, it has been four years since the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act came into effect, and 37 years since Richard Hatfield introduced our original right to information legislation.  Decades ago we had a reputation for open government.   Sadly, the curtain has fallen on open government.   Most citizens discover we now have what amounts to – […]

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