|Common Front for Social Justice|
For Immediate Publication
June 13, 2008.
Real meaningful consultations or a public relations exercise?
‘’We want citizens of the province to have a real opportunity to participate in the public consultations to be held on New Brunswick’s Tax System.’‘ stated Jean-Claude Basque on behalf of the signing organizations
On June 4, 2008, Finance Minister Victor Boudreau tabled a Discussion Paper on New Brunswick’s Tax System in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. When the minister tabled this paper, he also confirmed that a Special Legislature Committee would tour the province to receive input from New Brunswickers about the proposed changes to the Tax System.
``It is of the upmost importance that all New Brunswickers have sufficient time to fully understand all the different elements in the Discussion document before been asked to give their opinions in front of the Special Legislative Committee that will travel in the province.``
The 63-page document is proposing a series of initiatives designed to reform the New Brunswick Tax System. They include a revision of the personal income tax structure, the implementation of a carbon tax, the reduction of the general corporate income tax rate, the revision of property taxes and the increase of HST. The paper contains a lot of technical information that needs a lot of time to understand it fully and comprehend its various impacts.
Right now, the government is proposing to hold its public consultations in nine (9) localities in seven (7) days starting June 24 and closing July 10.
‘’It is completely unacceptable that public consultations on a major document like this one be started at the beginning of summer when citizens are going on vacation. On behalf of our organizations which represent close to 70,000 members and their families and for the sake of democracy and transparency, we are asking the Shawn Graham government to initiate its consultations in the Fall and not during the summer.’‘
‘’A meaningful public consultation cannot be done in just seven days as planned by the provincial government’‘
Signing Organisations Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du NB - Carmen Gibbs 852-3313
Association acadienne et francophone des ainées et ainés du NB -Jean-Luc Bélanger firstname.lastname@example.org 389-23212
Association des bibliothécaires, professeures et professeurs de l'Université de Moncton (ABPPUM), Michèle Caron email@example.com 863-2124
Canadian Union of Public Employees - NB Division - Danny Légère firstname.lastname@example.org 869-0424
Coalition pour l’Équité salariale du NB - Huberte Gautreau email@example.com 382-5911
Comité des 12 - Claude Snow firstname.lastname@example.org 727-4564
Common Front for Social Justice - Linda McCaustlin
Council of canadians - Moncton Chapter - Anne Lévesque email@example.com 389-1779
Council of canadians - Tantramar Chapter - Geoff Marin firstname.lastname@example.org 364-2289
Dames d’Acadie de Dieppe - Jeannette Marcoux
Environnement Vie - Florian Levesque
Fédération des femmes acadiennes et francophones du NB - Nora Saucier email@example.com
Justice & Solidarity Team - Auréa Cormier firstname.lastname@example.org 204-1134
Miramichi & District Labour Council, Danny King email@example.com 622-0636
Moncton & District Labour Council - Honoré Gautreau firstname.lastname@example.org 855-4263
New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women - Ginette Petitpas-Taylor email@example.com 1-800-332-3087
New Brunswick Federation of Labour - Michel Boudreau firstname.lastname@example.org 857-2125
New Brunswick Child Care Coalition - Jody Dallaire email@example.com 855-8977
New Brunswick Nurses Union - Marilyn Quinn firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-442-4914
New Brunswick Union of public and private Employees- Debbie Lacelle email@example.com 1-800-442-4420
Regroupement féministe du NB - Raphaëlle Valay-Nadeau firstname.lastname@example.org 852-3313
Saint John and District Labour Council - Ron Oldfield email@example.com 658-1212
For information- Jean-Claude Basque - 851-7086 or 862-9182