This week in the Legislative Assembly, Kevin and Megan both responded to the government’s budget. Kevin said that the budget New Brunswickers need boldness, not austerity, while Megan said the budget only offers more of the status quo.
The Legislature also debated a few important motions. One, that would establish virtual options for MLAs during a pandemic, was not brought to a vote. A second, asking a Legislative committee to develop recommendations to make the Legislative Assembly more family friendly, was passed unanimously. A third motion, calling on the government to increase spending on mental health services, was adjourned, to be continued when the Legislature returns in May.
These are three issues that David, Megan and Kevin have been working hard on over the past few months.
What David said:
In Question Period, David called on the government to answer the numerous questions and worries concerning the mysterious neurological disease.
After Fredericton City Council rejected funding the City Motel housing project, David urged the premier to respond to the homelessness crisis by stepping up to provide funding now.
David stated that the government's investment in nuclear reactors is neither green or clean and won’t help us meet the emissions targets required to combat climate change.
As professionals worry the proposed changes to school psychological testing could make matters worse, David asked that the bill be immediately withdrawn.
What Megan said:
After finding out that neglected roads in rural areas are preventing Post Canada from delivering mail, Megan urged the government to respond to this situation.
With the Atlantic Bubble set to open next month, Megan asked the government to change the confusing and contradicting restrictions that affect communities in her riding near the Nova Scotia/PEI border.
Megan advocated that the government improve Victims Support Services across the province and also tabled a motion calling on the government to address sexual violence immediately.
What Kevin said:
With Spring approaching, Kevin asked the minister of agriculture what steps are in place to increase food production across the province.
After two deadly car crashes in a week, Kevin called on the government to take overdue action to make route 11 safer.
With news Southwestern Energies landed a 5-year last-minute renewal of their licenses to search for shale gas in New Brunswick, Kevin told them, on behalf of the residents to Kent North, to frack off.
After the government announced a commissioner to look into systemic racism without consulting Indigenous leaders, Kevin suggested inviting them to address the Legislative Assembly.