On Monday, the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women issued its final report. Megan said the 231 calls for justice in the report must be implemented to end the genocide. David urged the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs to meet with the Minister for Public Safety, the RCMP, and representatives of municipal police forces to review the relevant actions, while Kevin called on the Minister to create an all-party action group working with Indigenous people.
During question period, David took the opportunity to ask the Minister of Environment what his specific priorities were for protecting New Brunswick’s environment.
On Tuesday, David said it was totally inappropriate for the Premier to accuse nursing home workers of abusing their sick time in the media. He emphasized that the only option was for this dispute to go to binding arbitration.
On Friday, David made the point that even with the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increasing by the second highest annual rise in the past six decades, the Premier is still planning on adding to fossil fuel production with the fracking of shale gas.
Kevin brought attention to the Premier lifting the shale gas moratorium in the Sussex region without consulting Indigenous people.
He then asked the Minister of Energy and Resource Development what concessions have been or will be made to industry in terms of deregulating waste water storage, transportation, treatment, and disposal. The Minister had no response.
On Thursday, he spoke in the House about his proposal to create a Standing Committee on Official Languages to achieve real equality.
Kevin expressed that when the municipality of Rogersville asked the Canadian National Railway (CN) to not apply pesticides within village limits, CN paid no heed. Kevin said he wants to work with the Minister of Environment and Local Government to find an alternative to pesticide application.
Megan made a statement urging the government to listen to First Nations leaders and constituents and not move ahead with fracking, even regionally.
Moncton City Council has voted to ban single-use plastic bags by July 2020, and Dieppe and Riverview plan to follow their lead. When Megan asked the Minister of Environment if he would commit to banning single-use plastic bags in New Brunswick, his response was that citizens must start “behaving better as individuals”.
On Thursday, Megan raised the report from the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union entitled Climate Change and Health: It’s Time for Nurses to Act. She spoke about the need for funding and coordination to ensure our health care institutions are prepared to deal with the severe health impacts of climate breakdown.
Megan also told the Minister of Health she is looking forward to seeing a plan to address the shortage of nurses, the workplace violence they face, as well as their pay.
These are only some of the highlights from the week. For more, find David, Kevin, & Megan on social media or see all the videos on our YouTube Channel: Green Caucus Vert. You may also view our voting record here.