Category Archives: Legislative Officers

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Paying More and Knowing Less

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Increasingly the work of our provincial government is being hidden from the Legislative Assembly and the people those assembled represent. Why the secrecy? Why keep New Brunswickers from knowing what their leaders are doing. The author John Steinbeck once wrote, “Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts, perhaps the fear of a loss of power.” It seems as if governments spend […]

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The Legislature’s Financial Watchdog Needs Teeth

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I just spent three weeks straight examining a parade of witnesses from government departments and Crown corporations as a member of the Public Accounts and Crown Corporations Committees. Our job is to ensure that they are spending their budgets efficiently and effectively. The questions that guide our committee work should be things such as: are departments achieving the objectives of […]

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Green Party Leader Calls for Standing Committee on Children and Youth

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Fredericton –On International Day of the Child, David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick, is calling on the government to ensure the Child and Youth Advocate has a place to be heard by the Legislative Assembly. “This week, I and many other community leaders and politicians across the country have been drawing […]

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Breathing new life into our Democracy

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Today, the Gallant government put the squeeze on democracy in New Brunswick.  After sitting for only two weeks since before Christmas, the government house leader moved to adjourn the House until March 29.  And the government’s proposing that we sit for only three more weeks before the summer break.  Yes, committees will meet, but that is no substitute for the […]

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

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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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