News

Wed
14
Jan

Opposition Tories call for transparency and public scrutiny regarding changes to Legislative Standing Rules

After it repeatedly called for a more open, collaborative approach to modernizing the Legislature's Standing Rules during the fall legislative session, the Official Opposition welcomes Brian Gallant's move to reconvene the Legislature's Standing Committee on Procedure.

 

The Standing Rules set the ground rules for how the Legislature operates.  "Brian Gallant's proposal, in its current form, would implement the most fundamental changes to those rules in a generation, but they were assembled without consulting the Official Opposition or, it appears, any external experts on the subject," said Leader of the Opposition Bruce Fitch.

Tue
13
Jan

OPINION - SHALE GAS- LET'S RAISE THE DEBATE, LOWER THE RHETORIC AND PROMOTE THE FACTS

By Jake Stewart MLA Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin

 

Hydraulic fracturing is not new to New Brunswick. We have had a producing natural gas industry for over ten years in our province, including the process known as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. Natural gas from the McCully Field in the Sussex area has been supplying the nearby potash operation since 2003 and has been piped to the Maritimes and Northeast pipeline since 2007.

 

Thu
08
Jan

Tory Opposition Leader Bruce Fitch concerned with timely transparency of Legislation

Bruce Fitch has expressed disappointment and concern with Premier Brian Gallant's reply to the open letter Fitch sent Premier Gallant on December 19th. In that letter Fitch reminded the Premier of his commitment to develop policy in an open, transparent and collaborative fashion.

 

Tue
06
Jan

Peter Ryan of NB Right to Life claims abortions to cost the province 3 million per year.

Open Letter by Peter Ryan, NB Right to Life

The revised regulation (84-20, Schedule 2) on Medicare funding of abortion in hospitals, and statements by the Minister of Health, raise many questions:

Wed
31
Dec

Premier releases text on Abortion changes over holidays precluding debate

Premier Gallant said there would be no text on the changes to the regulations on the Medical Services Payment Act, 84-20 Schedule 2 (a.1) on Abortion in New Brunswick.  Contrary to his previous statement of December 3, 2014 after the Throne Speech, the Liberals released CHANGED text on the eve of January 1, 2015, which is the effective date.

 

 

 

Fri
19
Dec

Government introduces moratorium on hydraulic fracturing

From left: Premier Brian Gallant and Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault.

The provincial government has introduced a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the province, following through on its commitment to New Brunswickers.

Fri
19
Dec

Tories nixe their own Abortion motion

New Brunswick Right to Life says December 18, 2014 will go down as a dark day in New Brunswick history. It is the day the Legislative Assembly refused to debate a historic change in provincial abortion policy – a change the association maintains will result in tax-funded abortion on demand.

“Members had a window today to consider the plight of thousands of preborn children and vulnerable women whose lives will be put at risk by the pending removal of abortion restrictions January 1,” said executive director Peter Ryan. “Most chose to slam that window shut. To use a biblical term, they hardened their hearts. Innocent children will die as a result. That’s why it was such a dark day.”

The association maintains tax-funded abortion on demand – the practical effect of the planned changes – is something “not required by law, and contrary to good medicine, the will of New Brunwickers, and the tenets of morality.”

Thu
18
Dec

Capital budget released

The provincial government’s 2015-16 capital budget totals $597.1 million, an increase over the previous year in support of strategic infrastructure investments which will create jobs and properly repair and maintain existing infrastructure.

The investment from this fund will total $114.6 million for 2015-16, with a possibility for further investment if funds can be leveraged from other sources.

Fri
12
Dec

Last night the Tories showed their support for Candlelight Vigil for Life

A Candelight Vigil was held outside the New Brunswick Legislature December 11.  Twelve Tory MLAs including former Premier David Alward attended. 

Bishop Robert Harris of the Saint John Catholic Diocese was also present and spoke to many Pro-Life members who came out to pray weathering the rain.



Two Conservative Opposition members introduced a motion in the Legislature calling for a debate on the Liberal government’s proposed changes in abortion policy. The motion may be debated next Thursday.

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