New Brunswick 2006 Election Results

Wednesday, July 28 2010

Number of women elected:
3 of 29 elected Liberals are women (10%)
4 of 26 elected PCs are women (15%)
Total: 12.7% of the Legislative Assembly are women (same as previous Assembly)

Cheryl Lavoie Liberal Nepisiguit
Carmel Robichaud Liberal Baie-de-Miramichi-Neguac
Mary Schryer Liberal Quispamsis
Rose-May Poirier PC Rogersville-Kouchibouguac
Joan MacAlpine-Stiles PC Moncton-Ouest
Margaret-Ann Blaney PC Rothesay
Madeleine Dubé PC Edmundston-Saint-Basile

Selection of measures in the Liberal platform which are relevant to feminist issues. Women and groups may want to seize opportunities created by the planned actions. (www.nbliberal.ca/election/images/Charter_English.pdf)

Relationship with Non-Profit Organizations

  1. Within 90 days, appoint a task force to examine the challenges facing the non-profit sector and to make recommendations that would ensure that the work of these vital organizations will continue to benefit society.

Miscellaneous

Pay Equity

  1. Establish clear and measurable benchmarks and targets for the achievement of pay equity supported by yearly progress updates.
  2. Ensure that the Pay Equity Act applies to all parts of the public service.
  3. Bring together all stakeholders to further address issues raised at recent public hearings with the goal of extending pay equity to the private sector through legislation.
  4. Establish government as a model employer by starting job evaluations to extend pay equity to workers providing contracted services to government.

Early Childhood Education

  1. Double the number of spaces for infants in licensed daycare centres.
  2. Establish a New Beginnings Program to focus on prenatal and postnatal care for mothers and babies to promote the best start for our future generation.
  3. Improve wages and benefits for childcare workers to attract and retain qualified staff.
  4. Provide $2 million in annual funding and establish Moncton Headstart as a Centre of Excellence for upgrading the skills of early learning workers around the province.
  5. Add an Early Years Evaluation of Literacy to the Preschool Assessment done at 3.5 years as part of the Early Childhood Initiatives Program.
  6. Integrate services for young children and their families by enhancing and expanding the Early Childhood Initiatives Program to ensure a smooth transition into public school for children identified as at risk or those with special needs, such as autism.

Community Health

  1. Enhance the role of nurses, nurse practitioners and pharmacists as well as other health care providers to increase patient access to primary health care.
  2. Enhance the Extramural Program in each of the regional health authorities.
  3. Strengthen resources for palliative care, including the creation of palliative care units in Dalhousie, Caraquet and other communities in rural New Brunswick.
  4. Introduce a Travel Assistance Program for New Brunswickers who must travel outside of the province to receive medical services.
  5. Establish a provincial Rural Health Framework including the Rural Health Institute as a research centre in partnership with the federal government; Centres of specialty services in smaller regional health authorities; Training, recruiting, retaining and supporting rural health care providers; Stronger technological links between health care providers; Increased education and training of rural physicians;
  6. Expand the use of technologies to allow up-to-the minute communications between ground and air ambulances and emergency departments or trauma centres.

Home Care

  1. Immediately restore the maximum number of hours of home support available to 215 hours per month.
  2. Improve wages and benefits for home support workers.
  3. Improve the accessibility to respite care for the frail and elderly through residential and home support to allow time off for informal caregivers.

Action against Poverty
Transition to Work

  1. Review the current social assistance rates paid to recipients and the programs available to people on social assistance with the goal of raising rates to the average for Atlantic Canada.
  2. Increase the maximum allowable earnings that can be retained from casual or part-time work for people who are on social assistance
  3. Provide enhanced day care support during the transition to full-time work for parents on social assistance.
  4. Increase the Comfort and Clothing Allowance for persons living in residential facilities.
  5. Enhance medical and drug coverage for low-income earners.
  6. Review the definition of economic unit to encourage the development of support systems for individuals in need of assistance.
  7. Create an independent Minimum Wage Board to give its recommendation to Cabinet within 90 days of its appointment and yearly thereafter.
  8. Establish a Provincial Strategy on Disabilities issues including flexible programming and services; measures to improve access to post-secondary education; and, a comprehensive employment strategy.

Affordable Housing

  1. Create a new Crown Corporation that will engage with non-profit and community service groups to create and maintain new housing units, including units for disabled and elderly New Brunswickers.
  2. Appoint a Minister Responsible for Housing to lead the renewal of provincial housing policies and programs and, through the new Crown corporation, administer federal provincial housing programs.
  3. Pass laws and regulations to empower municipalities to deal with substandard housing issues and the enforcement of work orders.
  4. Promote consumer protection with regard to housing renovations and other housing related issues.
  5. Work with municipalities and planning commissions to develop effective zoning policies.


     

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