Current majority government:
Premier: Blaine Higgs, Progressive Conservative Party
Number of Members of Legislative Assembly in NB: 49
Progressive Conservative: 27
Green Party: 3
People’s Alliance: 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
Main provincial-level legislation for environment protection:
-Clean Environment Act (1973)
-Clean Air Act (1997)
-Clean Water Act (1989)
-Environmental Trust Fund Act (2011)
-Pesticides Control Act (2011)
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
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 (5).
In 2018, the current Higgs government endorsed the 2016 New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan (9).
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