Green Party openings in New Brunswick

New political party in N.B.
May 19th, 2008
Matt McCann - TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL

FREDERICTON - It looks as though New Brunswick voters will have a fourth party to choose from during the next provincial election.

Ray Bourgeois/canadaeast news service
The newly formed Green Party of New Brunswick elected Mike Milligan, the federal Green Party candidate for Beauséjour, as interim leader until a founding convention is held in the fall.

At a small meeting in Fredericton, the newly formed Green Party of New Brunswick elected Mike Milligan, the federal Green Party candidate for Beauséjour, as interim leader until a founding convention can be held in the fall.

"I'm concerned about the province," he said of his move to provincial politics. "That's why I'm here."

New Brunswick is the ninth province to gain a Green Party - only Newfoundland and Labrador lacks one - and their formation comes at a time that Milligan thinks is ideal.

"The environment right now is paramount," he said, "and it's obvious that the environment is not being addressed by the current government."

Chris Alders, the Maritime organizer of the Green Party of Canada, is optimistic his party can make inroads in the province.

"The NDP is virtually nonexistent in some parts of the province," he said. "It's not like Nova Scotia where the Green Party has to overcome three well-entrenched parties to get to the Legislature. Here in New Brunswick, the openings are much more apparent and real."
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