It was a busy final week in the Legislative Assembly before the Christmas break as committees met in the evenings to study and propose amendments to government bills. This week the Green Caucus spoke about the need for affordable housing, discriminatory government policies, the government’s lack of respect for First Nations leaders, and the review of the Official Languages Act. The Legislature also debated a motion to repeal the section of Regulation 84-20 that makes it illegal to fund abortions in community clinics, which was defeated by the government.
What David said:
During Question Period, David asked the Social Development Minister if he has a plan to meet the need for affordable housing. David spoke about a report that found nearly 50 species that are at risk of disappearing from the Wolastoq – St. John River watershed in the next 25 years. In light of the damage that the Executive Branch of Government has done to the relationship with First Nations, David called on the Speaker to invite a delegation of Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, and Peskotomuhkati leaders to address the Legislature. The next day, David asked if the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs agreed with this initiative.
What Megan said:
Ahead of the debate on reproductive justice, Megan asked the Premier if he has changed his view on a woman’s right to choose. He refused to stand to answer the question. Megan also asked the Minister of Social Development if he will abolish the Household Income Policy. Megan also pointed out the impact the severe drought this summer has had on residents in Memramcook. Megan finished the fall session with her wishlist for how New Brunswickers’ rights could be better respected by the government.
What Kevin said:
After being confused by comments from the Premier, Kevin asked him what he meant by “fundamental equality” of New Brunswick’s two official languages and if he had a plan for the mandatory review of the Official Languages Act. Kevin also drew attention to the astoundingly high rates of child poverty in the province, including in his riding of Kent North. Kevin called on the Premier to pick up the phone to try to repair the province’s relationship with Wolastoqey and Mi’kmaq chiefs. Kevin also expressed his frustration with how Premier Higgs has run the province.