March 5, 2009
MONCTON (CNB) - Premier Shawn Graham will be in attendance when the Round Table on Self-Sufficiency meets for the first time on Wednesday, March 11.
Graham said the members of the round table will play a key role in shaping the development of the province over the next two decades.
"The Round Table on Self-Sufficiency brings together a group of interested and committed New Brunswickers who represent the diverse interests, regions and sectors of our province," Graham said. "The varied talents and experiences they bring will be instrumental in aligning the efforts and resources of the government and of the broader New Brunswick community in pursuit of our common goal of self-sufficiency."
Graham said the main purpose of the round table is to define objectives and strategies; and to help align the efforts of government with those individuals and organizations working to make New Brunswick stronger and more prosperous.
The 36 members represent a cross-section of communities, social, economic, political, cultural and linguistic groups. They include Business New Brunswick Minister Greg Byrne, Official Opposition Leader David Alward and Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson.
The members of the round table are:
Opposition Leader David Alward, Joanne Bérubé-Gagné, David Bruce, Christian Brun, Business New Brunswick Minster Greg Byrne, Ian Cavanaugh, Roberta Clowater, Charles Coffey, Tim Curry, Lori-Anne Cyr; Jody Dallaire, Eric Mathieu Doucet, Denis Furlong, Ross Galbraith, David Ganong, Janice Harvey, Gino LeBlanc, René Legacy, John Leroux, Nicole Letourneau; Barbara Losier, Naveed Majid, Tom Mann, Peter McGill, Lise Ouellette, Constantine Passaris, Léo-Paul Pinet, Jacques Roy, Tracy Ryan, Andrée Savoie; Jean-Claude Savoie, Andy Scott, Roxanne Tarjan, Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson, Pam Ward, and Doug Willms.
Graham announced his intention to create the round table in closing debate on the speech from the throne this past December. The announcement of the group's formation followed in the state of the province speech in January and a planning group was established to prepare for the round table's first meeting.
"I have long maintained that if we are to become a self-sufficient New Brunswick, we must all work together," said Graham. "A group of engaged and enthusiastic New Brunswickers now have an opportunity to do just that: work together for our future."
The members of the round table will be introduced to each other and the Premier on Tuesday, March 10. The round table will be assisted by a liaison group made up of individuals drawn from organizations outside government and a liaison officer seconded from the government to co-ordinate the round table process.
"This round table is just the first of a series of discussions to take place with all sectors of our society as we look to involve all of New Brunswick in working towards our common cause of self-sufficiency," Graham said. "I am gratified that all of those who have been invited to be members of the round table have understood this need for a shared effort and have accepted the challenge."
MEDIA CONTACT: Gino LeBlanc, Université de Moncton, round table member and host for first meeting, 506-858-4799, firstname.lastname@example.org.