November 29, 2019
Greens Vote Against Government Throne Speech but Reiterate Willingness to Collaborate
Fredericton – Today New Brunswick’s Green MLAs voted against the Higgs’ Throne speech, taking a stand against its attack on labour and its lack of tangible action to address the province’s most pressing challenges.
“Last October, before he became Premier, Higgs sent a letter to all the party Leaders saying that he was going to govern differently and consult with other parties. The letter reads “We will offer all parties an opportunity for meaningful input on the budget and Throne Speeches before they are finalized,” says Coon. “We must have a different understanding of the words “meaningful input” and “consultation”, because for us as Greens, that means sitting down and talking before a final draft is presented in the Legislature.”
“I want to be very clear there are definitely elements in the Throne speech that we would love to collaborate on, from healthcare and education to climate action,” says Coon. “But for us, collaboration starts by sitting down and having a proper discussion, an exchange of ideas, with some of these reflected in government decision-making.”