FREDERICTON, N.B. – Today, New Brunswick’s New Democratic Party leader Dominic Cardy welcomed former Liberal cabinet minister Kelly Lamrock to the NDP.
Lamrock was minister of social development and led a public engagement initiative to combat poverty in New Brunswick. Lamrock succeeded in gaining all party support for the Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Cardy said, “I invited Mr. Lamrock to work with me on the anti-patronage bills that yesterday were adopted by the government. Based on our conversations it became clear we had a lot in common and that we share concerns and hopes for the future of our province.”
Lamrock said, “I’m excited to have the chance to work with fellow progressives in developing clear policies that will give New Brunswickers real choices down the road. Dominic deserves credit for reaching out to people who haven’t voted NDP in the past and I intend to do the same with this project.”
Lamrock will spearhead a new policy engagement project, modeled on the British Labour Party’s “YourBritain” initiative.
The NDP’s OurProvinceNB site will launch in June, aimed at allowing people from across the province to give feedback on policy papers focusing on democratic reform, social inclusion, education and innovation, creating jobs and attracting people.
Cardy said, “Democratic policy development is not just about listening. It’s about having a plan and taking action. You have to start from a strong moral position. OurProvinceNB will give every citizen the chance to engage in a discussion around serious ideas. Mr. Lamrock has a history of engaging in serious policy development and a commitment to opening up our government.”