October 17, 2018: SSNB’s Post-Election Public Forum with all 4 elected NB Political parties to Draft a Model Bill to #StopSprayingNB

On October 17, 2018 SSNB organized a public forum to draft a model bill to stop the spraying of glyphosate and other herbicides on public forests, by NB Power, Base Gagetown and CN Rail.

Youtube link to the entire event: https://youtu.be/qv12weUlXHA

The big news for us and our supporters was that ALL 4 elected political parties sent elected members to participate.

MLAs in attendance:
– NB Liberal Party: Andrew Harvey
– NB PC Party: Ross Wetmore and Mike Holland
– NB Green Party: David Coon
– People’s Alliance Party: Rick DeSaulniers and Michelle Conroy¬†

David Coon was the only party leader in attendance.

SSNB had invited Rod E. Cumberland and Charles Theriault to attend as resources to give input.

There were a few other groups, who were not invited present (not sure who invited them, because we only sent invitations to the leaders of the elected parties):
– Mike Leger from Forest Info
– Agricultural Aliance NB.
Thanks to Donald Bowser, SSNB vice-Chair for putting this together.

The only media outlet in attendance was the NB Media Coop, which was surprising, because this was one of the MAJOR election  issues in the NB General Election (held on September 24, 2018): http://nbmediacoop.org/2018/10/18/meeting-on-glyphosate-ban-brings-all-legislature-parties-together-for-the-first-time/