NDP supports call for independent review on misuse of Larry’s Gulch

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy is supporting the call for an independent review, made today by the Clerk of the Executive Council, into the use of Larry’s Gulch and the release of the guest lists.

“There are two fundamental issues at play with this issue,” Cardy said. “First is how Liberal and Tory governments have shown ignorance for the democratic right to information laws and secondly, how these two old parties have used this government owned facility to entertain and strategize with their partisan, high-powered friends.”

“At a time when the government is trying to balance the books with higher taxes and deep cuts, we should not be bogged in questions about the fishing resort,” Cardy said. “That’s exactly why we should sell Larry’s Gulch.”

Amid scandals, Cardy calls on government to sell Larry’s Gulch

FREDERICTON – Amid the recent scandals involving the government-owned private fishing resort, NDP Leader Dominic Cardy is calling on Brian Gallant to sell Larry’s Gulch.

“Brian Gallant and his team are looking for things to cut in order to balance the books,” Cardy said, “and this fishing resort for high-powered friends of the government should be the first on the chopping block.”

“The government expects all of New Brunswick to make sacrifices in these dire economic times,” Cardy said. “They should show leadership and finally sell this fishing resort.”

“Both old parties have used Larry’s Gulch for partisan purposes and it should stop immediately,” Cardy said.

“The Tories were right to sell the government jet and it would be right for the Liberals to sell Larry’s Gulch,” Cardy said.

Cardy applauds Liberal decision to cut pay of Premier and Cabinet

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy has expressed his support for Premier Gallant’s announcement of pay reductions for Cabinet.

“While this is a largely symbolic move, it’s an important one and at a time when this government is asking New Brunswickers to brace themselves for tough fiscal choices ahead,” Cardy said. “It is definitely an effort that I can applaud.”

“As a province, we need to start making the difficult decisions,” Cardy said. “It will take a combined effort and today it is nice to see some movement from the top.”

“I look forward to the dialogue on these decisions in the coming months and years,” Cardy said. “And as I’ve pledged before, the NDP is ready and willing to help whatever we can.”

NDP statement on SCC end-of-life ruling

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling on end-of-life care today while emphasizing the need for the New Brunswick government to comply in a considered way that ensures the protection of vulnerable groups.

“We’ve seen a clear legal trend in Canada with courts acknowledging that when faced with difficult moral questions where there are no easy answers, that the constitution protects the right of individuals to make their own decisions, and their judgment is usually better than the government’s. The NDP supports the protection and dignity of human life, while giving more power to individuals to control their own lives – including the way their lives end.”

“However, the Court’s ruling reaffirms that health is regulated provincially. It is up to the provinces to ensure that strong, balanced that strong, balanced regulations are quickly put in place – to protect medical practitioners, to ensure informed decision making, and most of all to protect vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities from abuse. The Court has given us guidelines, now it’s up to the province to comply with the Constitution.”

Cardy concluded, “This issue is too big for politics and the timetable of one year established by the Court means change is coming. The Premier should avoid delay and opposition parties should avoid partisan criticism. An all-party committee including medical professionals and advocates for groups at risk, sitting as equals, should be quickly formed to ensure a caring and thoughtful response from the government and people of New Brunswick. I hope the Premier will also work with other provinces to ensure a consistent approach to a difficult question. The NDP will do whatever it can be to be helpful in this process”.

NDP welcomes opening of Clinic 554

FREDERICTON – The NDP is welcoming the opening of new health clinic focused on providing health services to underserved groups in the province.

NDP Chief of Staff Brian Duplessis says the new clinic is positive news for the province for several reasons.

“Clinic 554 opening up at the site of the former Morgentaler clinic is the result of the combined efforts of progressive members of the medical community, Reproductive Justice New Brunswick and Fredericton Youth Feminists. It is wonderful news for furthering access to reproductive healthcare,” Duplessis said.

“Clinic 554 will provide a judgement-free zone for vulnerable and underserved groups in the province providing an important step for New Brunswick to develop a more progressive and inclusive healthcare system.”

The NDP gave credit to Premier Brian Gallant when he began the process of removing the barriers to abortion services in New Brunswick. We are now calling on the Premier to finish the job and fully fund the procedure in Clinic 554 as it is elsewhere in Canada. At the same time he should press his Minister of Health to immediately begin the provision of abortion services in hospitals throughout the province.

Duplessis said the clinic also provides an opportunity for the province to have a discussion about reforming the way some health services are delivered.

“Just like the Morgentaler clinic before it, Clinic 554 is going to be an example of how the private provision of public healthcare could be vital piece of our healthcare system,” Duplessis said.

“We believe that innovative, private providers of public healthcare can definitely be an opportunity to modernize how the province ensures timely and universal access to free, publicly-funded healthcare services.”

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