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Lining private pockets doesn’t fill potholes

Commentary by Rosaire L’Italien which appeared in The Daily Gleaner

Is it just me, or is everyone in New Brunswick upset about our road conditions? Just this morning I hit a pothole so big I worried my car’s engine was going to fall out.

We can all agree that roads are bad. But the question is why are our roads so bad?

Since the 1990s, New Brunswick governments have been contracting out road building and repairs to private companies. These were built on the promise of building better roads, but also on providing cheaper maintenance.

The cost of private maintenance has been high, both in poorly maintained roads and with more dangerous roads. In terms of accidents and fatalities, our province’s highways remain more dangerous than the national average. The most recent figures show that while the rest of Canada had a 5.4 per cent decrease in highway fatalities that year, New Brunswick had a 16 per cent increase in highway fatalities during that same period.

On top of roads being much less safe when maintained by privately run companies, the anticipated savings didn’t even materialize. Quite the opposite in fact; the prices of highway maintenance increased, especially in recent years. For example, on the MRDC-run highway from Fredericton to Moncton, the cost the province pays in maintenance almost doubled from 2011 to 2014, from $13 million a year to $24 million a year. When the rest of the province is being squeezed fiscally, these numbers should be of great concern to the government.

Roughly half of the budget for roads in this province is going to the three privately owned highways. The other half covers the 18,000 kilometres of roads that are maintained by the province. This doesn’t seem to me like a fair division of the budget.

These privately owned companies such as MRDC are making huge profits. It’s estimated that some 15 to 25 per cent of the money that our province is paying them is what they are making in profit, and this money is flowing out of the province.

Why are we giving tax incentives to private companies when we can provide better quality services to the people of New Brunswick and create jobs at the same time?

Services to New Brunswickers are suffering. These profits are lining the pockets of out-of-province of private companies when they could be going to repairing potholes and plowing roads.

In the rest of Canada and around the world, outsourcing peaked in the late 1990s and services that were once contracted out to private companies are now being contracted back in to public services to save money. And it’s working.

It’s time that the government of New Brunswick got with the times and put the quality of our roads and the livelihoods of those working on them ahead of the profits of large companies from out of province. It’s time that New Brunswick ends the practice of outsourcing and invests in our province.

Rosaire L’Italien is the interim leader of the New Brunswick NDP.

New poll shows the NDP’s support jumps by five points.  

 

“This is very encouraging and confirms what we already know, that there is a real hunger among New Brunswickers for change,” said NB NDP Interim leader Rosaire L’Italien “we are currently rebuilding and while it is still early, we have seen a big increase in people signing up and getting involved.”

 

The NDP has had a 40% surge in membership in 2017, and all around the province new associations are being started. The poll showed the NDP jump to 12% in polls from 7% in the previous CRA poll, which was taken in November 2016.

 

“From here we are going to keep going up and keep moving forward,” declared Mr. L’Italien “I encourage New Brunswickers who are disillusioned to come join the NDP, work with us. Traditionally, the NDP has been different from the other parties in New Brunswick. The NDP offers a vision where every family has a path to the middle class, with good jobs, fair wages and a social safety net that protects every citizen, so people can fulfil their dreams.”

NB NDP Statement on International Women’s Day

We Can’t Stop Fighting For Women’s Rights!

Thank you to all the individuals and organisations who are working every day to address gender inequality and create a better world for women and trans people. We stand with you.

The NDP was the first political party in New Brunswick to get a woman leader elected to the Legislature, the formidable Elizabeth Weir. Just as our former Leader fought tirelessly for equality for women and today it’s more important than ever to stand together for gender equality. We can’t stop and we won’t stop.

In New Brunswick women continue to face crisis levels of violence. 45% of single mothers in New Brunswick live in poverty, while women continue to make only 77% of what men earn for work of equal value. We continue to fall behind on key indicators such as both child and adult literacy and women’s health.

The NDP believes that government has a crucial role to play in advancing gender equality. Strong social programs create equality for women. We’re standing up for issues that matter to women: gender equality, protecting the most vulnerable, and meaningful action on political representation to get more women elected into positions of power.

The NDP is a movement of progressive Canadians united in the belief that together, we can build a better New Brunswick. With hope and optimism, only the NDP can unite New Brunswickers to build a province where no one is left behind.

 

The NB NDP Is Hiring

Job Title: Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper

Job Type: Part-time (20 hours per week)

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Salary: $15.00 per hour

 

Description: We are looking for an administrative assistant/bookkeeper to maintain the day to day office administration activities of a political party in our Fredericton office

Summary of duties

  • Respond to enquiries or direct to appropriate person; greet visitors
  • Provide basic administrative support to staff (maintaining records, filing, data entry, typing)
  • Record and prepare minutes of meetings
  • Maintain inventory of office supplies and order supplies as required
  • Assist in preparing mailings to our membership and supporters
  • Update financial data in databases to ensure that information will be accurate and immediately available when needed.
  • Responsible for Payroll, bank deposit, preparing cheques, paying invoices, etc.
  • Prepare mid-year and year-end Financial Reports for Elections NB
  • Update accounts receivable, accounts payable and perform reconciliations
  • Prepare year-end closings for audit
  • Provide Income Statements and Balance Sheets to Treasurer as needed
  • Provide Bank Statements to RDA’s Treasurers
  • Assist with other duties as required

 

Qualifications and Requirements

 

  • Posting is open to NDP members only
  • High school diploma
  • Bilingual (French and English) preferred
  • Exceptional oral communication skills, good writing skills
  • Friendly and professional attitude
  • Experience with MS Office Suite and Sage 50
  • Post-secondary education and/or related professional experience preferred
  • Interest in New Brunswick politics desired
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent organizing abilities
  • Familiarity with bookkeeping and basic accounting procedures
  • Knowledgeable of the Political Process Financing Act (PPFA)

 

Please submit a resume with cover letter to:

Alex Grimaldi, Executive Director

treasurer@nbndp.ca

2-924 Prospect St.

Fredericton, NB E3B 2T9

 

New Brunswick’s New Democrats are an employment equity employer. Women, persons of colour, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons are encouraged to apply for this position. If you are a member of an equity-seeking group, you may choose to identify as such in your application.

 

We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Titre du poste: Adjoint(e) administratif/Commis comptable

Type d’emploi: à temps partiel 20 heures par semaine

Date de début: Immédiatement

Salaire: 15$ par heure

 

Description du poste: Nous cherchons un adjoint(e) administratif/Commis comptable pour maintenir les activités quotidiennes d’administration de bureau d’un parti politique

 

Fonctions:

 

  • Membre du NPD
  • Répondre aux inquiètes ou rediriger à qui de droit et accueillir les visiteurs
  • Fournir un soutien administratif de base aux membres du personnel (maintien des dossiers à jour, classement, saisie de données, dactylo)
  • Rédiger et préparer le procès-verbal des réunions
  • Maintenir l’inventaire des fournitures de bureau et placer les commandes au besoin
  • Aider à la préparation d’envois postaux à nos membres et supporters
  • Connaissance de la comptabilité et des procédures comptables de base
  • Mettre à jour les données financières dans les bases de données pour s’assurer que les informations seront exactes et immédiatement disponibles au besoin
  • Responsable de la paie, dépôt bancaire, préparation des chèques, paiement des factures, etc.
  • Préparer mi-année et de fin d’année Rapports financiers pour Élections NB
  • Mettre à jour les comptes débiteurs, les créditeurs et effectuer les rapprochements
  • Préparer les fermetures de fin d’année pour l’audit
  • Fournir des relevés de revenus et des bilans au trésorier au besoin
  • Fournir des relevés bancaires aux trésoriers des l’association de circonscription
  • Exactitude et attention aux détails
  • Excellentes capacités d’organisation
  • Doit vivre à Fredericton ou être disposé à se rendre régulièrement à Fredericton
  • Aider avec d’autres tâches au besoin.

 

Qualifications:

 

  • Diplôme d’études secondaires;
  • Bilinguisme (français et anglais) de préférence;
  • Capacités exceptionnelles en communication orale, bonnes compétences en rédaction;
  • Attitude agréable et professionnelle;
  • Expérience avec la suite Microsoft Office et sage 50;
  • Études postsecondaires et/ou expérience professionnelle pertinente de préférence, et
  • Intérêts dans la politique néo-brunswickoise souhaités.
  • Connaître la Loi sur le financement de l’activité politique

 

Le NPD du Nouveau-Brunswick est un employeur soucieux de l’équité en emploi. Les femmes, les membres des minorités visibles, les Autochtones, les personnes handicapées, les gais et lesbiennes, les bisexuels et les transgenres sont encouragés à postuler. Si vous êtes membre d’un groupe à la recherche d’équité, vous pouvez l’indiquer sur votre demande.

 

Nous tenons à remercier toutes les personnes de leur intérêt, cependant, nous ne communiquerons qu’avec les personnes choisies pour la prochaine étape de sélection.

 

NDP Disappointed By Commission On Electoral Reform Decision To Not Change The Status Quo

 

“This is the most ridiculous thing the New Brunswick government has done since making our license plates read “Be … In This Place.” Said Rosaire L’Italien, Interim Leader of the NB NDP. “Tacking “preferential ballots” onto our current voting system doesn’t solve any of the systemic problems we have, it exacerbates them. It will increase strategic voting and disproportionately favour the centrist party. Which is the only conceivable reason the Liberal Government would be bringing this in.”

 

“There was a clear consensus in the only public town hall that the commission hosted in favour of proportional representation.” Said Mr. L’Italien. “It’s great that the commission said that proportional representation be given consideration when riding boundaries are next redrawn, but history shows that once a decision on electoral systems is made it takes decades to reverse.”

 

The NDP raised concerns about the process, citing that there was little or no publicity given to the report, the commission and the process.

 

“The meetings were only being held in one location rather than going around the province, they are only being held during working hours, there is only one round of presentations, you are seemingly trying to push Preferential Ballots without looking at other systems, there is a distinct lack of transparency and the entire process was rushed with an abject lack of a broad range of input.” Said Mr. L’Italien.

 

“The report and the process smacks of having had decided in advance what the one solution is and appearing to have a process to reach a preconceived notion.”

 

Mr. L’Italien praised the commission for advocating lowering the voting age to 16: “The NDP had been pushing lowering the voting age to 16 for years, and it’s great that this idea is finally catching on.”

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