FREDERICTON – New Brunswick NDP Leader Dominic Cardy says the recent decision to have the New Brunswick Legislature take over rent payments for MLA’s constituency offices is a missed opportunity to save the province money. Cardy said the NDP has been advocating a more common sense solution for more than a year on this issue.
“We have government office spaces that sit completely empty,” Cardy said. “Why not have MLAs use that empty office space and save New Brunswick hundreds of thousands of dollars every year?”
“This decision is another example of government looking for short-term fixes rather than engaging in long-term strategic planning,” Cardy added.
Cardy said the NDP will be talking more about substantive government and democratic reform leading up to and during the provincial election campaign.
“We’re going to offer New Brunswickers a real plan to reform government and save the taxpayers money,” Cardy said. “The other parties have talked a good game but have done nothing. New Brunswick deserves more than empty talk and the new NDP is prepared to take action on real government reform.”
Among the ideas the NDP have put forward in this area are reducing the size of cabinet from 17 to 10 departments and eliminating the vehicle allowance for cabinet ministers.
Canadian Blood Services employee Daniel Anderson accepted the nomination for the New Brunswick NDP in Kings Centre Thursday night at the Royal Canadian Legion in Norton. In accepting the nomination, Anderson spoke about prospect of building community as one of the reasons why he’s running.
“When I was young I got involved in my community, volunteering at countless dinners,” Anderson said. “I had great examples to look up to; my parents and grandparents taught me the importance of hard work.”
NDP Leader Dominic Cardy served as keynote speaker for the nomination meeting. Cardy said that as a former Progressive Conservative riding association president, Anderson’s nomination is yet another example of the NDP successfully building a unity party to change New Brunswick.
“Dan is a new father who wants a vibrant and prosperous New Brunswick for his son. We’re excited that Dan is going to fight for a greener, fairer, and richer New Brunswick under the banner of the new NDP.”
Anderson said he found it very easy to move to the NDP after meeting Dominic Cardy and hearing his plan to create jobs and affect meaningful government reform.
“I am excited about working with Dominic and the NDP. The platform the party is putting forward is just what New Brunswick needs to move beyond the failed policies of Liberal and Tory governments. I can’t wait to get out knocking on doors and talking to the people of Kings Centre,” Anderson said.
Daniel’s parents, Linda and Mike Anderson, have been multi time presidents of the Nauwigewauk Community Club. His grandmother, Lillian Anderson, has been a long time contributor to the Kings County Museum, is a familiar face at community functions who recently received the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal. Strong family roots enable Daniel to follow in their footsteps as a community organizer. He volunteers at local food banks, is a Deacon at his church, and he is an active member of the Lion’s Club.
New Brunswick Paramedics Association President Phil Comeau accepted the nomination for the New Brunswick NDP in Saint John East Friday night at the St. Joachim’s church hall. Comeau said the campaign for Advanced Care Paramedics led him into the political area but this coming election is about more than just a single issue.
“I have two brothers who are out west because they couldn’t find work here at home,” Comeau said. “So when I talk about the need to get our economy going and create jobs, it’s very personal for me.”
NDP Leader Dominic Cardy served as keynote speaker for the nomination meeting. Cardy said Comeau brings valuable experience to the NDP team of candidates.
“Phil has been serving on the front lines of primary health care in Saint John for several years now,” Cardy said. “This makes him an excellent advocate for the people of Saint John East around the caucus table and on the floor of the Legislature.”
As President of the Paramedics Association, Comeau has been a close observer of the provincial political scene and has been impressed with Dominic Cardy’s approach to getting New Brunswick on the right track.
“My wife Sarah and I would sit down at the dinner table and talk about what needs to be done. Everything we talked about – getting our spending under control so we can invest in healthcare and education is exactly what I was hearing from Dominic Cardy. Joining Dominic and the new NDP was a very natural fit for me,” Comeau said.
Comeau is very active in his community, including service as a member of the Knights of Columbus. He lives in east Saint John with Sarah and their four daughters.
Dominic Cardy says he’s not interested in being the leader of a party that doesn’t have a shot at winning any elections.
With that in mind, Cardy, the province’s New Democratic Party leader since 2011, said he’s hoping New Brunswick voters take the time to look over his party’s platform between now and the election on Sept. 22.
What they’ll find, he told a Miramichi Chamber of Commerce audience on Wednesday June 25, is a more robust, common sense vision than what previous iterations of the provincial NDP put forth.
“It’s not really a traditional thing for the NDP to be making an effort to reach out to chambers of commerce, so that’s a message that I’m here to deliver – the NDP has changed, our party is open for business,” Cardy said.
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Energy consultant Roy MacMullin accepted the NDP nomination for Moncton East on Monday night.
MacMullin said as an MLA, he would push to get New Brunswick’s citizens more involved in the democratic process.
“My goal as an NDP MLA for Moncton East would be to involve citizens in the democratic process, provide transparency and good government and ensure public funds are directed to programs that provide the greatest benefit to all New Brunswickers,” he said.
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