New Brunswick Tables Bill to Create Right to a Healthy Environment

On December 7th, Green Party Leader David Coon tabled Bill 19, An Act Respecting the Right to a Healthy Environment, in the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly. The bill aims to secure the rights of current and future residents to a healthy and ecologically balanced environment. The bill responds to concerns arising from corporate pollution incidents like the Saint John American Iron & Metals explosion and air pollution from the Richibucto Coastal Shell Product plant. Coon contends that successive governments neglected environmental issues, prompting the need to establish a legal right to a healthy environment. The proposed human right could also extend protections to animals and wildlife.