New Brunswick general election, 2010

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The New Brunswick general election, September 2010, is on a fixed election date. See Wikipedia coverage first and add any general information there. Feel free to add any material from what follows to that.

The resources for NB voters also let you compare NB provincial party policies on various issues. The reframe:namespace and term:namespace help counter electoral spin. Most imporantly be sure to vote swap so that your vote actually counts to elect someone.

Green Party of New Brunswick[edit]

The Green Party of New Brunswick passed its first set of resolutions in November, 2009 based on the principles of social justice & equity, local self reliance, non violence, participatory democracy and ecological rights and responsibilities.

The NB Green Party rejects the Liberal Government’s plan to sell NB Power, the publicly owned electrical utility, believing it to be not in the best interests of the people of New Brunswick. The party's energy policy is defined by [1] energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, livable community design, and economic policy in order to address climate change, acid rain, local air pollution, widespread blackouts, oil price spikes, and economic disparity among regions.

Green Party of New Brunswick candidates for the 2010 election include Roy MacMullin, Margaret Tusz-King and Jack MacDougall.

PAN-B (People's Alliance of New Brunswick), election law and independent candidates[edit]

The New Brunswick Elections Act prohibits political parties and candidates from describing themselves as non-partisan or "independent" This has presented some challenges for a new coalition of independent candidates. In order to benefit from the laws related to party affiliation status, in 2010 the People's Alliance of New Brunswick or PAN-B was formed to meet the goals of offering voters politicians who are dedicated to directly representing the interests of their constituents, rather than those of political parties and by ensuring their independent voices in the provincial legislature.

It appears that the Act does not prevent the words "independent candidates" from appearing on campaign materials or in the media. A significant number of New Brunswickers began responding positively to PAN-B's unique positions on democratic reform and responsible voter representation by elected representatives during the early part of the 2010 provincial election campaigns, saying things like, "Well isn't that what politicians are supposed to be doing?"

PAN-B's dedication to voter representation is reflected in their goals:

  • to create a coalition of independent candidates
  • to form an official political party to attain the support of voters and achieve their common goal - to act as independent politicians for the people of their ridings
  • to agree to work collectively to generate support for independent candidates to win seats in the NB legislature election
  • to allow elected PAN-B representatives free votes on matters in the legislature and thereby allow them to operate as independents in the interests of their individual constituencies without legal repercussions under flawed policies of past governments
  • to engage in electoral reform including revising the Elections Act

The sections of the NB Election Act that have resulted in independent candidates cooperating to form the People's Alliance of New Brunswick are:

Section 132 - prevents political parties from using the word independent in their name:

132 The Chief Electoral Officer shall not register a political party where (b) in the application for registration, the name of the party includes the word “independent”.

Section 126 - prohibits candidates from signing pre-election pledges, claims, etc.:

126 It is an illegal practice and an offence against this Act for any candidate for election as a member to serve in the Legislative Assembly to sign any written document presented to him by way of demand or claim made upon him, by any person, persons or associations of persons, between the date of the issue of the writ of election and the date of polling, if such document requires the candidate to follow any course of action that will prevent him from exercising freedom of action in the Legislative Assembly if elected, or to resign as such member if called upon to do so by any person, persons or associations of persons.


New Brunswick Elections Act