Fredericton: David Coon, incumbent MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party, was acclaimed last evening as the Green Party’s candidate in this riding in the upcoming provincial election. This marks the beginning of the Green Party’s organizing for the provincial election to be held in 2018.
The early nomination is helpful the Fredericton South Green Party Association. Past president Norman Laverty explained, “We were keen to have our candidate nominated so we can get started on David’s re-election planning.”
As Green Party leader, Coon was also keen for an early nomination. “We wanted to get my nomination out of the way so I can concentrate on getting candidates nominated around the province,” said Coon. “My goal is to make sure there is a Green caucus in the Legislature after the next election. That will take a lot of hard work and we want to get started immediately.”
In his acceptance speech, Coon spoke about his work over the past two-and-half years as MLA for Fredericton South. His constituency office has handled hundreds of problems on behalf of constituents, from housing needs to navigating the myriad channels of social services, as well as hosting a Youth Round Table and Seniors Round Table to advise on policy issues. In the Legislature, he has introduced private members bills and motions on key issues. His main message was that as the sole Green MLA he is making a difference.
"My bills, motions, speeches, and questions bring issues to the floor of the Legislature that are important to my constituents and to the broader public. The support they gain from New Brunswickers can help force the hand of government," said Coon in his nomination speech.
“My Local Food Security Act was defeated, but because there was so much public support for it, the government introduced a local food strategy and made it a pillar of its economic growth strategy. My bill to lower the voting age to 16 didn’t pass, but now lowering the voting age is being considered by the government’s commission on electoral reform. My First Nations education bill got all-party support but died on the order paper. I re-introduced it and hope to see it pass this Spring. As a member of the Select Committee on Climate Change, I was able to contribute both the process and the recommendations that will help people cut their energy costs. The government’s Climate Change Action Plan closely reflects the committee’s report.”
Coon declared that, that if he wins the confidence of his constituents to re-elect him, he intends to return to the Legislature with a caucus of Green MLAs. “New Brunswickers will be well served with a solid number of Green MLAs working on their behalf in the Legislature after the next election.”
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