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Posted: Sep 29, 2016
David Coon calls NB Liquor's legal threat to commissioner 'Looney Tunes'
Green Party leader says this is an example on why commissioner Anne Bertrand should have broader powers
Green Party Leader David Coon says NB Liquor's legal threat to the province's information commissioner over her damning report is "extraordinarily bizarre."
NB Liquor sent Anne Bertrand, the province's independent information and privacy commissioner, a letter from an outside law firm after receiving her report.
By Robert Jones, CBC News
Posted: Jul 28, 2016
Confusion and disagreement over city bus passenger numbers in Moncton and Miramichi is raising more questions about whether New Brunswick is being shortchanged by the federal government's new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
The $3.4-billion fund was announced in the Trudeau government's March budget to expand public transit systems across Canada.
It will pay for 50 per cent of the cost of capital projects — such as buying new buses — and is being divided up over three years based on passenger levels transit systems reported to the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) in 2014.
But there are questions about whether those statistics have failed to account for up to one million transit passengers in New Brunswick, mostly in Moncton, an amount that would qualify for an extra $1.6 million in funding, if verified.
"We need to have these funds to invest in our transit systems," said Green Party leader David Coon, who has criticized the program's treatment of New Brunswick since it was announced.
"They can fix this, they should fix this, they must fix this."
by Bruce Wark
April 20, 2016
The New Brunswick Green Party plans to ask voters to elect enough of its candidates in the next provincial election to give the party the balance of power in the provincial legislature.
“My assessment is that it will be a close election and that it’s reasonable to expect to elect an additional three or four (Green) MLAs,” leader David Coon said during an interview Saturday at his party’s annual meeting in Sackville.
He added he believes New Brunswickers would be willing to elect more Green members who could force a minority Liberal or Conservative government to implement Green policies in order to remain in power.
“We’re obviously not going to go from one MLA to forming government and unlikely, though miracles happen, to go from one MLA to forming the official opposition,” Coon said adding, however, that the Green Party is very likely to elect enough members to hold the balance of power in a closely divided legislature.
A minority government could result if neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives were to win 25 seats in the 49 seat assembly.