June 20, 2006
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The establishment of a more open and independent process for appointments to government agencies, boards and commissions, setting fixed election dates, and holding a referendum on changing New Brunswick's electoral system are some of the initiatives the provincial government will take to improve the province's democratic system.
Improving the Way Government Works, the government's response to the final report and recommendations of the Commission on Legislative Democracy, was tabled in the legislature today.
The report commits the provincial government to undertake 17 fundamental initiatives during the coming months to modernize and renew New Brunswick's democratic institutions and has three themes: Making Every Vote Count, Making the System Work, and Making Voices Heard
"This response sets out some of the most significant democratic reforms ever undertaken in New Brunswick," Lord said. "Specific actions and initiatives are being taken under each theme with one clear goal: to improve the way government works for people."
Some of the government initiatives to be undertaken include:
"The blueprint for democratic renewal we are setting out in this report will make New Brunswick's democratic institutions and practices stronger and fairer, as well as more representative, effective and accountable to the people we serve," Lord said.
The commission presented its final report to government in January 2005 after spending a year examining the province's electoral system with a mandate to make recommendations for a more citizen-centred democracy for New Brunswickers. Since that time, the government has already implemented some of their recommendations, including the creation of an independent Electoral Boundaries Commission and the introduction of the Fiscal Responsibility and Balanced Budget Act.
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