FREDERICTON (GNB) – A document entitled New Brunswickers’ Response to Climate Change was released today as the final report of the select committee on climate change.

The all-party committee of the legislative assembly was tasked with consulting the public and interested stakeholders on the issue of climate change and how it may be addressed in a way that respects the province’s distinct economic challenges and opportunities.

“I am very proud of the work that the committee did to prepare this report,” said Andrew Harvey, committee chair and MLA for Carleton-Victoria. “It was a privilege to travel throughout the province and listen to New Brunswickers, who are clearly passionate about our province and concerned about the impacts of climate change on our environment.”

In June, the committee issued an invitation to all New Brunswickers to participate in public hearings and submit written briefs. During August and September, public hearings took place in Perth-Andover, Edmundston, Atholville, Shippagan, Moncton, Sackville, Saint John, Fredericton and the First Nations communities of Elsipogtog and Tobique. The committee also received public briefings from notable experts and government departments.

More than 150 presenters took the time to appear before the committee, and many more attended public hearings. In addition, the committee received more than 40 written submissions.

“The report contains 85 recommendations which reflect and respond to the insightful input the committee received,” said Harvey. “We believe these recommendations set out a clear and comprehensive framework for New Brunswick to tackle the effects of climate change. The determination and knowledge of those who participated, along with the work that individuals, communities and governments have already undertaken, is reason for optimism. The report offers a role for everyone as we address climate change and move towards a low-carbon economy that creates jobs and benefits families and communities.”

The committee also included: Bernard LeBlanc (Memramcook-Tantramar MLA); Monique LeBlanc (Moncton East MLA); Gilles LePage (Restigouche West MLA); Wilfred Roussel (Shippagan-Lamèque-Miscou MLA); Brian Keirstead (Albert MLA); Jody Carr (Oromocto-Lincoln MLA); and David Coon (Fredericton South MLA).

Copies of the report are available online.