FREDERICTON (GNB) – The select committee on climate change, an all-party committee of the legislative assembly, is preparing to consult the public and interested stakeholders on how New Brunswickers can strengthen collective efforts to fight climate change in a way that respects the province’s distinct economic challenges and opportunities.

To help stimulate discussion and develop ideas, the committee is asking those interested in the issues surrounding climate change to refer to a discussion guide entitled Building a Stronger New Brunswick Response to Climate Change. The guide presents background information on climate change in a New Brunswick context, discusses potential actions that could be taken and asks important questions that everyone should consider.

Copies of the discussion guide can be obtained online; from the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1; or by telephone at 506-453-2506.

The committee is inviting the public and interested stakeholders who wish to make a presentation on the issues discussed in the guide to advise the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly by July 15.

“The committee is looking forward to hearing from New Brunswickers on such an important issue as climate change,” said committee chair Andrew Harvey. “We anticipate the public hearings will occur in late August and early September. Once we have an idea on the level of interest, we will announce the specific dates and locations. We are hopeful that everyone will take a look at the discussion guide and want to share their thoughts and ideas on the issues discussed.”

The committee is also accepting written briefs. They should be submitted to the Office of the Clerk by Aug. 19, by email at leg-consultations@gnb.ca, by mail, fax or online.