Cut Backs a Sign of Weakness: FAPO calls for new economic model that includes the environment as cornerstone

Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization says budget cuts are sign of weakness
Calls for new economic model that includes the environment as cornerstone

(Fredericton, February 3, 2011) - A presentation by the Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization to the NB Department of Finance Pre-Budget Consultations called upon the Alward government to change a failing economic model that threatens to bankrupt the province.

Dan Weston, FAPO coordinator said 28 years of escalating cuts since Richard Hatfield’s day are a sign of weakness and it’s time for a change.

“It’s time we have a government that approaches from a position of strength because it knows what to do to strengthen our economy - rather than from a position of weakness because they don’t know what else to do except cut back.”

Weston points to recent disturbing weather trends that caused untold millions of dollars damage in the province. He says that New Brunswickers have to change the way they think about the environment and a failed economic model that has fuelled mass over-consumption and global warming.

“I am very afraid that if this government does not act now we will see more and more of these frightening (weather) incidents and their effect on our economy will be far more devastating than washed out bridges and cottages knocked off their foundations. It will be the end of the way of life that has been based for more than a hundred years, and especially so in the last 60 years since the beginning of the post-war baby boom, on a “borrow till you sink, shop till you drop” economic model.

Weston’s presentation can be found on line at

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For further information, please contact:

Dan Weston, Coordinator
Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization