Category Archives: Transparency

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Member’s Statement: The Role of the Legislative Branch – 11 February 2016

Statements

Mr. Speaker, in our Westminster system of parliamentary democracy, according to our own Legislature’s website, it is the role of the Legislative Assembly to exercise control over government action.  Private members on all sides of the House are to represent their constituents, serve as ombudsmen and law-makers, and act as watchdogs on the government and the bureaucracy.  For the members […]

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Want to silence the truth? Sue for defamation – Toronto Star 17 January 2016

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commentary from the Toronto Star Hilary Young teaches law at the University of New Brunswick and is an expert on defamation law.  In 1989, Memorial University professor Ranjit Chandra committed flagrant academic fraud. He invented data showing that certain baby formulas, made by companies that were paying him, helped prevent allergies. Upon discovering the misconduct, Memorial confronted the professor, who resigned. […]

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Member’s Statement: Auditor General and the Lotteries and Gaming Commission – 16 December 2015

Statements

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Auditor General reported concerns with the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming commission. Unfortunately, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation already appeared before the Crown Corporations committee on November 17 and will not return until next fall. No one will be able to address these concerns publicly until that time. The committee would have benefitted from the knowledge contained […]

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Member’s Statement: Auditor General and the provincial deficit – 15 December 2015

Statements

Mr. Speaker, this morning at a joint meeting of the Public Accounts and Crown Corporations Committees the AG told us that she was unable to tell us what the real numbers are for New Brunswick’s deficit because of the change made in accounting practices for pension funds, contrary to her advice and that of external experts. This is why she […]

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The system is the system

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The System: Each year the government of New Brunswick provides Summer Employment and Experience Development (SEED) grants to non-profit organizations. These organizations apply for SEED funding to hire students over the summer. Each spring, the MLAs are given a list of organisations within their ridings that have applied for this funding. They are also assigned a certain number of weeks […]

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