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Canada Green Party keeps its 3 seats in New Brunswick Legislature

01:03  19 september  2020
01:03  19 september  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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Green Party Leader David Coon will be returning to his seat in the New Brunswick Legislature , along with the two members who sat with him in the last house, Megan Mitton and Kevin Arseneau. Coon won the riding for the third time, finishing about 1,400 votes ahead of Progressive Conservative Brian

With the New Brunswick Legislature in the backdrop, the leader of the province’s New Democratic Party made a pitch to voters. Prior to the writ dropping, the province’s Green party was the de facto third party . Their leader is vowing to do whatever it takes to increase the number of seats from just

David Coon wearing a suit and tie: Green Party Leader David Coon was successful again in Fredericton South on Monday night. © Mike Heenan/CBC Green Party Leader David Coon was successful again in Fredericton South on Monday night.

Green Party Leader David Coon will be returning to his seat in the New Brunswick Legislature, along with the two members who sat with him in the last house, Megan Mitton and Kevin Arseneau.

Coon won the riding for the third time, finishing about 1,400 votes ahead of Progressive Conservative Brian MacKinnon, about 54 per cent, said he was grateful voters in Fredericton South had confidence in him.

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The Green Party has begun talks about an agreement with both New Brunswick political parties hoping to form government, but its The Greens , with three seats , are being courted by the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives after both failed to win the 25 seats needed for a majority government

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"Now, I'm ready to get back to work for them," Coon said at Green Party headquarters in downtown Fredericton.

Although the Green Party had hoped for breakthrough elsewhere and for another minority government, Coon was still pleased with the outcome.

He said he's looking forward to continuing work with Premier Blaine Higgs, who won a majority government, on the all-party cabinet committee that has been dealing with the pandemic response.

 "As we go into fall with kids in school … we've got to be really on the mark," he said. 

a man wearing a suit and tie: Green MLA Kevin Arseneau won in Kent North. © Jacques Poitras/CBC Green MLA Kevin Arseneau won in Kent North.

Coon said he will also continue to press for food security, improved health care and access to mental health care. 

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Arseneau won again for the Greens in Kent North, with about 47 per cent of the vote, and Mitton won again in Memramcook-Tantramar, with more than 40 per cent of the vote. Last election, she won by only 11 votes.

Initially, Coon had said he was looking to more than double the Green seats in the legislature. The party had high hopes of winning Restigouche West, but it was taken by Liberal candidate Gilles LePage with 4,232 votes. Green Party candidate Charles Thériault came in second with 1,276 votes. 

Megan Mitton standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Green MLA Megan Mitton has won in her riding of Memramcook-Tantramar. © CBC Green MLA Megan Mitton has won in her riding of Memramcook-Tantramar.

Still, Coon was happy with progress the party made, pointing in particular to the Moncton area and northern New Brunswick.

"That's a huge breakthrough for Greens in this province," he said. 

In Coon's Fredericton South riding, Liberal candidate Nicole Picot was third with 674 votes,followed by the People's Alliance Wendell Betts with 195, and NDP candidate Geoffrey Noseworthy 88. 

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People's Alliance of New Brunswick Leader Kris Austin, centre, talks with campaign supporters Doug Meanwhile, David Coon, the Green leader who was handily re-elected in Fredericton South, adopted his familiar low-key, critical stance as his party expanded to three seats in the legislature .

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The Greens were the only party to promise a gender-balanced slate, with 25 female candidates.

Will continue push for racism inquiry

Green Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin who was also at the party's headquarters, was optimistic about the party's future and representing them at a federal level. 

a person standing in front of a table: On provincial election night, Green MP Jenica Atwin called on Premier Blaine Higgs to call an inquiry into systemic racism. © Hadeel Ibrahim/CBC On provincial election night, Green MP Jenica Atwin called on Premier Blaine Higgs to call an inquiry into systemic racism.

Atwin said she is also disappointed in Higgs's stance on an inquiry into systemic racism following the deaths of Chantel Moore, 26, and Rodney Levi, 48, who were shot and killed by police in New Brunswick eight days apart.

Coon said he will continue to push for a provincial inquiry, but Higgs has resisted one.

Green party promises 

During his campaign, Coon promised everything from action on climate change, to increases in minimum wage, and sweeping tax, education and municipal reform. 

The party's plan covered a range of traditional Green issues, including a call to ban all new sources of climate-changing fossil fuels, including shale gas. 

But he wanted to let schools manage their own budgets and to abolish government funding to companies that use tax havens to avoid paying  taxes in New Brunswick.

David Coon wearing a suit and tie: Coon says he's looking forward to getting back to work to keep New Brunswickers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. © Maria Burgos/CBC Coon says he's looking forward to getting back to work to keep New Brunswickers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the campaign, Coon said his party would "spend money where it matters, not where it doesn't."

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