New Brunswick


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  Last Updated:  

August 1, 2020

Current majority government:

Premier: Blaine Higgs, Progressive Conservative Party 

Number of Members of Legislative Assembly in NB: 49 

  • Progressive Conservative: 27 

  • Liberals: 17 

  • Green Party: 3 

  • People’s Alliance: 2 

Find your Member of Legislative Assembly here: (2)

Environmental stance of majority party:

The Higgs government allocated $36 million to invest in climate change in the spring 2020 budget, during their previous minority government. They prioritized the funding towards energy efficiency programs, building infrastructure with green technology and community adaptation to flooding risks. They also created the Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship Standing Committee, which is a permanent, all-party committee. (3)

Percentage of 2020/2021 budget estimated to be allocated to the environment:

Total budget: $10.2 billion 

Total allocated to the environment: $52.717 million 

Percentage: 0.52% (4)

Main provincial-level legislation for environment protection:

Clean Environment Act (1973) 

Clean Water Act (1989) 

Clean Air Act (1997) 

Environmental Trust Fund Act (2011) 

Pesticides Control Act (2011) (5)

Specific government-based environmental programs:

Environmental Trust Fund: 

  • Financial assistance (2.5 million) aimed for projects that seek to protect, preserve and enhance the Province’s natural environment. (1)

Priority action areas for 2020-21 include increasing environmental awareness, addressing climate change and building sustainable communities. (6)

Next election date:

On or before October 18, 2024.

Extra information:

In December 2019, New Brunswick created an all-party climate change and environmental stewardship committee, the first of its kind for the province. (8)

What makes this province different?

New Brunswick has implemented their own carbon tax, after initially opposing the carbon tax imposed by the Canadian federal government. (9)

  Quick facts:  

In 2018, the current Higgs government endorsed the 2016 New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan. (10)

In the next 30 years, sea levels are supposed to rise by 20cm in New Brunswick, which is quadruple the amount of flooding currently experienced by the region. (11)

Climate change could lead to a decrease in softwood trees, such as balsam fir, which makes up for 22% of wood harvested each year in New Brunswick. (12)

Also, the quantity and quality of drinking water available within the province is predicted to fluctuate. (13)

Who We Are

Shake Up The Establishment is a youth-led, registered (#1190975-4) national non-partisan non-profit organization that operates within the geographical confines of what is currently known as "Canada", but what is referred to by its First Peoples, as Turtle Island. Indigenous peoples have inhabited Turtle Island for over 10,000 years, and were the sole inhabitants less than 500 years ago. We acknowledge that our address resides on Treaty 3 land, and is the traditional territory of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas Peoples. Turtle Island is still home to many Indigenous peoples and we at SUTE are thankful to be able to live, learn and work on this territory, whilst continuing to create meaningful change for the climate justice movement. We are aware that our actions as an organization and the work we put out have an impact on our land, and on all that inhabit it. We are humbled to be able to follow the lead of centuries long Indigenous-led efforts towards the protection and stewardship of this land and the people that inhabit it. We are committed to continually evaluating & decolonizing our practices, and we do our best to incorporate the lived experiences of the land defenders and protectors within our work. We also want to honour the voices of Black, and non-Black people of colour within our work, and continually recognize their resiliency in the face of years of systemic oppression as imposed by the Canadian state.


Our enterprise is inclusive of all folx who call the geographical confines of what is currently known as Canada, home, and we celebrate the horizontal learning that comes from our diverse identities. As an organization, we will try our utmost best to ensure that only individuals with lived experiences are speaking on behalf of their communities, while still recognizing that Black, Indigenous and communities of colour as well as the LGBTQ2S+ community, are not a monolith. We firmly believe in accountability, and commit to being as transparent as possible in our activism space; to research our topics well, support and centre community care, and minimize any harm, no matter the intent. We have strict policies and procedures to uphold these tenets, and update these on a yearly (or as-needed) basis.

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