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.”

NDP Council unanimously rejects Cardy’s resignation, requests him to stay as leader

FREDERICTON – On Saturday the NDP provincial executive and council unanimously rejected the resignation offered by Dominic Cardy and requested that he continue as leader.

Stephen Yardy, Executive Director of the New Brunswick NDP, said that Council and Executive’s actions were on side with the showing of support for Cardy that he has received from hundreds of members over the past couple of months.

“It is clear to me that the membership want Dominic to stay on and lead this party into the next election,” Yardy said.

Yardy said that the unanimous vote from the council proved that the party indeed wanted Cardy to continue on as leader.

“Along with the motion at council, there was a letter signed by the vast majority of former candidates and a great outpouring of support from members and supporters,” Yardy said. “It is clear that Dominic is the best person for the job and I look forward to continuing to work with him.”

Cardy was humbled when he heard the party was requesting he continue as leader, but he also stressed that there are many years of hard work ahead him and the party after the election results in September.

“We have a lot of hard work ahead of us,” Cardy said. “But I look forward to continuing to work with our team to ensure that this province is better served.”

Throne Speech lacking specifics to tackle debt & deficit, protect social programs Cardy says

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy says the Liberal government’s first throne speech lacks plans to deal with the economy, the deficit and the debt.

“It is clear, from this throne speech, that Brian Gallant has no plan to balance the books, tackle the debt and turning this economy around,” Cardy said. “Instead, we hear the same old Liberal rhetoric. We’ve already seen from leaked Liberal emails that this means more for friends of the government.”

“We have a $400 million deficit; our debt is over $12 billion,” Cardy said, “We cannot afford to borrow $900 million to give to Liberal paving companies.”

“Brian Gallant had a chance to show New Brunswickers that he could govern differently,” Cardy said. “This is a missed opportunity end billions in handouts to corporations, a missed opportunity for real action on the economy and a missed opportunity for real change in New Brunswick.”

“We applaud increases in the minimum wage and other small steps to make life better for New Brunswick families,” Cardy said, “but increases in spending have to be matched by savings – and I saw no plan for the government to move in the right direction. New Brunswick deserves better.”

Dominic Cardy expresses support for suspended Fredericton High School students

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy is expressing his support for the students who were suspended from Fredericton High School last week.

“I find the way these young women have been treated is disgraceful,” Cardy said. “It is unfathomable that they were suspended just because they expressed displeasure with school policy.”

“Forcing our youth to conform to outdated ideas is short-sighted,” Cardy said. “We need to encourage tomorrow’s leaders, and engage with them, not punish them.”

“Suspending these young women from extracurricular activities for the rest of the school year could damage their futures,” Cardy said. “What is even more worrying is that female participants in the protests seem to have been punished without the young men receiving the same treatment. This shows the importance of the discussion around the dress code,” Cardy said. “We strongly encourage the administration to rethink its position.”

“You can’t bar someone from re-entering a school simply because they walked outside to peacefully protest,” Cardy said.

Dominic Cardy applauds government’s decision of opening abortion access

FREDERICTON – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy says he is pleased the Liberal government is acting to reduce restrictions on abortion access in New Brunswick and in ensuring that the province’s Telecare service offers impartial advice to women seeking abortions.

“I’m glad the government has decided to ease access to abortion services,” Cardy said. “This is an important step that brings ours province closer to the rest of the country when it comes to women’s rights.”

“The NDP identified these barriers and called for their removal long ago,” Cardy said. “It is good to see action from the government on this issue, and in ensuring that Telecare, a publicly funded service, provides impartial advice.”

Cardy concluded, “While it is disappointing that a women’s health centre in Fredericton, at the site of the former Morgentaler clinic, will not be able to operate, we believe the discussion around the private provision of public healthcare services can and should continue, but this should not detract from praise for Premier Gallant’s decision.”

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