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Prosperity, not Austerity

2015-06-16

As New Brunswick citizens, we refuse to be the victims of austerity policies.
 
To be released, June 15, 2015, 11 a.m.
 
Moncton – Many civil society organisations in the province have decided to join voices to clearly and loudly express that austerity policies are not the solution to the current economic situation, and will not lead the province towards prosperity. They created the coalition ‘’ NB Prosperity, not austerity ‘’.
 
According to Patrick Colford, president of the NB Federation of Labour: ‘’ We must focus on economic recovery and job creation by diversifying our economy, creating added value through greater transformation of our natural resources. We must start working towards developing a green economy. ‘’
 
‘’ It is important to invest in our public programs and services in order to meet the increased demand during periods of economic difficulties, and reduce the wealth gaps in society. Moreover, it would be an economic investment which will increase economic equality between women and men because many women work in the sectors of public healthcare and services, or quasi-public ‘’, adds Johanne Perron from the NB Coalition for Pay Equity.
 
Pauline Richard, co-president of the Common Front for Social Justice, rebels against the fact that: ‘’ For many years, the gap between rich and poor has been widening in Canada and our province. Food banks continuously feed more and more children, women and men, while 1% of the richest people get fatter and fatter. In harsh economic times, women are often the first to be laid-off, and often the ones who end up in worst circumstances. ‘’
 
Finally, according to Geoff Martin, professional officer, Mount Alison Faculty Association: ‘’ Part of the solution would be increasing the government’s progressive sources of revenue, namely personal and corporate income taxes, as well as royalties on our natural resources. ‘’
 
 
 NB Prosperity, not Austerity
 
Joint Declaration
 
As New Brunswick citizens, we refuse to be the victims of austerity policies.
 
Presently, the government is trying to convince us that the province is heading towards the edge of a fiscal cliff and that we must achieve fiscal balance as soon as possible. As a solution, the government keeps repeating that everything is on the table: cuts to programs, cuts to public sector jobs, cost increases, etc. No doubt, those who will suffer the negative consequences of fiscal balance at all costs will include workers, citizens living in poverty, women, children, students and seniors.
 
We believe the recurrent budgetary deficits and the increase of the provincial debt is a result of the 2008-2009 economic crisis generated by the world of finance and by the successive reductions of different types of taxes by the New Brunswick government.
 
We believe it is necessary to deal with the revenue reduction by stimulating economic recovery, diversifying the economy, encouraging value-added transformation of our natural resources and developing a green economy.  We should also increase progressive revenue sources such as personal and corporate income taxes as well as increase corporate taxes and royalties on natural resources.
 
We believe a reduction of government expenses at a time of economic hardship would have a negative impact on employment, public programs and the economy, and would further damage the social safety net that was put in place in the last decades.
 
We believe the objective of a strategic program review should be to better meet the needs of the population rather than balancing the budget.
 
We ask the provincial government to put a stop to austerity measures and move in the following directions:
  • focusing on economic recovery and job creation by diversifying the economy, encouraging value-added transformation of our natural resources and developing a green economy;
  • investing in and improving public programs and services;
  • reducing the wealth gap and increasing social and women’s economic equality;
  • increasing progressive sources of revenue, such as personal and corporate income taxes;
  • increasing corporate taxes, and royalties on natural resources.
ORGANIZATION
Association des aînés francophones du N.-B.
Association acadienne des artistes professionel.l.es du Nouveau-Brunswick
Association de bibliothécaires, professeures et professeurs de l'Université de Moncton
Canadian Union of Public Employees - Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique du Nouveau-Brunswick
Comité de justice et solidarité du Diocèse de Moncton
Comité de justice et solidarité du Diocèse d'Edmundston
Council of Canadians, Saint John chapter - Conseil des Canadiens, chapitre de Saint-Jean,
Conseil provincial des sociétés culturelles
FAUST
Fédération des étudiants et étudiantes du Centre universitaire de Moncton
Federation of NB Faculty Associations (FNBFA), Fédération des associations de professeures et professeurs d'université du NB
Fredericton and District Labour Council -Conseil du travail de Fredericton et région
Groupe des 12
Mount Allison Faculty Association
NB Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents' Right
NB Health Coalition - Coalition de la santé du Nouveau-Brunswick
New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity - Coalition pour l'équité salariale du Nouveau-Brunswick
New Brunswick Federation of Labour- Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du N.-B.
New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice- Front commun pour la justice sociale du N.B.
Public Service Alliance of Canada- Alliance de la Fonction publique du Canada
Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick
Reproductive Justice New Brunswick
Service de Bienfaisance
Unifor

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