Spring 2015 Newsletter
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At the Legislature


The implications of Finance Minister Roger Melanson’s choices in his first budget are emerging as the Committee on Estimates and Fiscal Policy examines the details, department by department. This has created an endless source of material for question period and plenty of public outcry. In particular, funding cuts to private childcare centres and increased costs for nursing home residents are of great concern to many.

I am not officially a member of the Committee on Estimates and Fiscal Policy, but I have been attending all of its meetings. Any MLA has the right to ask questions of the Minister. The Committee has 80 hours to examine the budgeted expenditures and revenues of every government department, all of which is televised. There are no rules about how the 80 hours should be shared among opposition parties. By negotiating with the PC House Leader, I managed to carve out six and a half hours of questions from the eighty hours. The six Liberal committee members ask no questions, leaving me to wonder what is the point of having them there, if the committee doesn’t actually function as a committee. They get paid their allowance as committee members, but their role is to simply vote in favour of each departmental budget once opposition members have finished their questions. Read More...


Community Gathering Follow-Up
We've had three Community Gatherings now, with one more this Saturday, May 23 at the Lutheran Church on Regent St. 
To learn what David has done to follow up on these meetings, click here.
In Your Community: Health Facilities
Since his election last September, David has been connecting with community centres and organizations in his constituency. He has been impressed time and time again with the centres in Fredericton South. This section highlights some of the facilities and groups David has gotten to know since assuming office. Read more...
Fourth Community Gathering
Don't miss the next Community Gathering this Saturday, May 23, 1pm-3pm, at the Lutheran Church, 1039 Regent St. 
Bring your thoughts on what you would like to see in your province and community to share with David Coon, MLA and your neighbours in the Hill.
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