Category Archives: Governance

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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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Coon calls latest provincial government restructuring a ‘gutting’ – Telegraph Journal – 1 September 2017


Article by : Robert Williams Photo by : Mathieu Roy-Comeau This is a good example of why we can’t afford to have another majority government in this province. We need, after the next election, a minority government so that a caucus of Greens, for example, could ensure this kind of bad behaviour doesn’t happen anymore. – David Coon Green Party […]

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Big-Hearted Contracts for Multi-Nationals


This was one of those weeks where cynicism hovered over the Legislative committee room threatening to soak my sense of hope that politicians can do better. Auditor General Kim McPherson presented the first volume of her work for the year to our Public Accounts Committee. Our job is to ensure that Departments spend the budgets approved by the Legislative Assembly […]

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“It’s Incredible! I just could not believe my eyes!”- Jean-Claude Basque – 21 June 2017


By Jean-Claude Basque It’s Incredible! I just could not believe my eyes! Moncton – “These are just a few of the nice words that came to my mind when I read the news about the Department of Social Development paying Ernst and Young $13.2 million dollars without even going to the tender process.“ says Johanne Petitpas, co-chair of the Common […]

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Government consultant paid $13M for $10M in savings – Telegraph-Journal – 20 June 2017


Article by Robert Williams Photo by Robert Williams It is extraordinary that this is happening. They’re issuing contracts for over $12 million without any clear objectives, without any clear measurables, without any clear deliverables, that seem to have been drawn up by the consultant on the consultant letterhead. – David Coon New Brunswick’s auditor general is blaming a “culture of […]

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N.B. editorial: Take auditor general’s findings to heart – Telegraph-Journal – 22 June 2017


Article by Telegraph Journal Photo by Robert Williams In her typical calm, dispassionate way, Auditor General Kim MacPherson has once again pulled back the curtain of government secrecy on a stunning abuse of taxpayers money. After paying a consulting firm, Ernst and Young, a staggering $13 million to find $47 million in savings in the Department of Social Development, the […]

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