Is Labour Day a cause for celebration for workers? Yes and no!

According to Pauline Gallant, spokesperson for the Common Front for Social Justice, “The province has been greatly affected by the world financial crisis of 2008, and has not recovered since.  Between 2008 and 2017, the province’s total job numbers have continually deteriorated (excluding the self-employed persons).  In 2008 there were 318,400 employees and ten years later, there were 312,400 employees, so a loss of 6,000 employees during this period.” (Table 1). News release.


Response to the PC throne speech. News release.

Letter to the editor

I read Paige MacPherson so-called Wish list for NB residents.  Ms. MacPherson is one of the latest directors of the Atlantic Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says its existence is to protect taxpayers. They are a non-profit organization but the decisions are taken by the board of director that can be as low as three members. Really! Text.

New Brunswick deserves a Progressive Throne Speech and a Government. Commentary.



Poverty and Political Parties. With a little more than a week left before election day, the NB Common Front for Social Justice considers that poverty is not a priority for certain political parties, especially the issue of citizens on social assistance. New release.

The minimum wage is not a payroll tax. Letter.


Internationnal Worker's Day : Women have made gains in the last decade in N-B 4/30/2018. This day is a good time to look at the past decade and evaluate the place of women in the work force. News release


News conference : Let's mend our social net! 3/20/2018. We want the political parties to take actions to mend the holes in our social safety net, especially the ones in Social Assistance. News conference text


News conference : Building a more equal society 2/26/2018. Our members and organizations want the upcoming provincial elections to focus on concrete options to make our province and our sociecty more equal for everyone. News conference text


It's time for a higher minimum wage in N-B 2/15/2017. It's time for New-Brunswick to increase it's minimum wage. And contrary to the point of view of opponents, there are many convincing arguments for adopting this policy change. Comment


Minimum wage : A small step, instead of a bold one ! 2/14/2017. We consider that the announcement by Minister Paul Lepage of a $0.25 an hour increase is a small step in the right direction, but unfortunately not a very bold one. News release


2018-2019 Budget : Human suffering will keep going ! 1/31/2018. We have evaluated the 2018-2019 budget and have found that nothing in it will help the growing number of 36,850 men, women and children who are living on Social Assistance. Their economic situation will get even worse. News release




Letter to the Minister of Health, Benoit Bourque on the privatization of Public Health Services 12/9/2017. We oppose the government decision to transfer the management of the Extra-Mural Program and the Tele-Care to Medavie Blue Cross. Letter


United Nations Human Rights Day 12/9/2017. News release for the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Our work will not be cdone until we have equality, justice and human dignity. News release


Statistics Canada's latest data 9/14/2017. Here is a press release on the median total income of Canadians. Press release


Our analysis on the AIMS' report in the telegraph journal 8/16/2017. The telegraph journal has published our analysis on the AIMS' report.  Article


Letter #5 to Brian Gallant 8/9/2107. As part of our camapign against the for-profit plasma clinic. Image #1 Image #2


Telegraph Journal's article about health care in New-Brunswick 8/3/2017. Article


Letter #4 to Brian Gallant 7/31/2017. As part of our campaign against the for-profit plasma clinic. Image #1 Image #2 Image #3 Image #4


Letter #3 to Brian Gallant 7/13/2017. As part of our campagin against the for-profit plasma clinic. Image #1 Image 2


Victor Boudreau is alone 7/5/2017. News release


Letter #2 to Brian Gallant 7/5/2017. As part of our campaign against the for-profit plasma clinic. Image #1  Image #2


News release : It's incredible! I couldn't believe my eyes! 6/21/2017. The recent scandal from the Department of Social Development. News release


Telegraph Journal's article about our letter to Premier Gallant 6/7/2107. Article 


Comment by Susie-Proulx Daigle on the Canadian Pasma Ressources 6/6/2017. The president of the New-Brunswick Union and member of the NB Health Coalition. Comment


Comment on the For Profit Plasma Clinic 5/24/2017. The human body is not for sale .Comment


Privatization of hospital services 5/11/2017. What will be the loong term cost to saving 7.9 million healthcare dollars per year? Letter


Privatization in Health Care 2/16/2017. The creeping privatization of Helth Care in N-B. News release Executive Summary


Letter #1 to Brian Gallant 1/25/2017. Letter


December 21 - Sophie's Story:

December 16 - Eat Well:A challenge for some. Results of a 2016 survey on the cost of food in New Brunswick. Report. News Conference text.

November 23 - Celebrate Human Rights Day Under the theme: Defend someone's rights today!. The NB Common Front for Social Justice. is organizing a Luncheon on Friday, December 9, 2016 at noon. Détails. News release. Commentary.

November 15 -  The annual report of food banks, Hunger Count 2016, is out. More citizens have used food banks this year than last. Read our news release.

November 4 - Basic Income: a Mirage or a reality? In the light of this fact, citizens, community organizations, politicians, and even business people are starting to explore the idea of a guaranteed annual income (usually called a basic income) as a tool for reducing poverty. Read the text.

October 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

This year's theme is :Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms. The Common Front for Social Justice is organizing two events. Details in the poster. News release.

October 10 -  Proposals for new Minimum Standards. The provincial government is proposing to change some Minimum Standards. They are not going far enough. The NB Common Front for Social Justice is proposing changes that would be a lot better to protect workers. Read the brief: Going Further!

April 15 -  NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION.  April 15th was the National Day of Action for the Fight for 15$ + Justice! groups accross Canada organized activities. Here in New Brunswick we had gatherings in Moncton and Saint John

April 1 - Open letter to Francine Landry. The Common Front for Social Justice supports the Government of New Brunswick in regards to the province establishing a statutory holiday in February. Letter

March 31 - Minimum Wage Increase: The bare minimum for workers Press release 

March 23 - Federal Budget positive for citizens living in poverty. The Common Front for Social Justice believes many initiatives included in the federal budget will help low-salary workers, and people living in poverty. Revised News release. Commentary.

March 7 -  International Women's Day ’’ One step forward, two steps back’’ really summarizes the situation of women in the labour market in the last 10 years. userfiles/file/March%208-Women%20and%20Jobs_Final.pdf

The Common Front for Social Justice has produced a document analyzing,, for the period ranging from 2005 to 2015, the situation of women regarding employment, the impacts of the financial crisis on their jobs, and the obstacles still preventing them from full access to the labour market 

February 19Low-income workers speak out! The Common Front has collected stories of  low-income workers in New BrunswickRead the documentRead the news release.

January 19 -  Provincial Budget : Open letter to Brian Gallant. One person in seven lives below the poverty line in our province.Last year, there were no increase of the minimum wage and no increase in the basic rates for social assistance recipients, even when the Cost of Living was increasing. Letter.

January 14 - Real Choices to move New Brunswick Forward. There  are other options. Read our choices.

January 14 - Strategic Program Review: What we found out? The Liberal government has made a serie of proposals to get the province moving forward.  What are the impacts on jobs, services to families ? Job creation (1), Getting our finances in order (31), Improving services to families (3), Job loss (16), Less services to families (7). Read our document.


December 22 - Minimum Wage Increase : Good News Press Release

December 10 - Increase in the price of food: Bad news for everybody, even more for three categories of citizens Press release

November 30 - Privatization of government services and poverty Press release


November 15 - Canada Without Poverty has analyzed the different provinces' Poverty Reduction Plans. A good read.  Find it on their website under - 2015 Poverty Progress Profiles.

November 6 - Fight for $15 + Justice. Today, the CFSJ wants to particularly target the working poor, namely the thousands of men and women who, day after day, contribute to a part of the economy. Often, these workers receive inadequate pay and the provincial employment standards are the only thing protecting them in their workplace.

Text from the press conference userfiles/file/News conference text.pdf

Our proposed changes userfiles/file/Minimum Standards Brief 2015(2).pdf

Why minimum wage needs to increase userfiles/file/Economic Reality.pdf

Letter of endorsement /userfiles/file/Lettre d'appui-financement 2015-16(1).pdf

Endorsement form userfiles/file/Endorsement form.pdf

Groups who endorse the campaign userfiles/file/Groups who endorsed-Groupes qui appuient-Final.pdf

March 8 - Women and Poverty. International Women's Day. On the whole, we can say that women’s situation did not change a lot in the last year. The gains they made were not very impressive.`` News releaseUpdate document-2015.

February 26 - The New Brunswick provincial government is asking citizens to participate in its Strategic Program Review. The Common Front for Social Justice Inc. has sent its suggestions. Read the document.

February 24 - Income tax instead of Consumption tax.  We believe that if we need to bring in new revenue to the province, it would be better to do it through our income tax system. News release.

January 31 - The NB Common Front for Social Justice has written a document with sugestions to help the conversation during the New Brunswick Strategic Program Review Public consultations. SummaryFull document.

January 29 - Twenty-six organizations have signed a joint letter asking Premier Brian Gallant for more openness in the provincial Strategic Program Review. Open letter.

January 2 - The NB Common Front for Social Justice unveiled today its Annual Review of actions taken by the provincial government to reduce poverty in 2014. Executive Summary. Annual Review-Modified February 27, 2015.





December 18 - Joe Oliver, Federal Minister of Finances is holding pre-budget consultations, but not everybody is welcome. A number of groups helded a news conference to contemps the minister but also to suggest come priorities for the upcoming budget.Read the text.

December 3 - There are no mention of the word poverty and no initiatives in to reduce poverty in the speech from the Throne. News release.

November 11 - Open letter to Brian Gallant asking him to open the debate on the future of economic development in our province and not just listen to voices like Frank McKenna and Donald Savoie. Open letter. 

November 4 - 
Hunger Count 2014- Still to many citizens using food banks in NB. Since 2008, there has been a constant increase in NB citizens using food banks. Read the news release.

October 8 -
 Cathy Rogers, MLA for Moncton South, has been chosen as the new minister for Social Development. A very good choice for citizens living in poverty. News release. Electoral promises.

October 2 - A number of pharmacies were giving rebates on the drug co-payment to seniors who are under the NB Prescription Drug Program-Seniors (Plan A). We have just found out that since yesterday, October 1, 2014, NB pharmacies will stop giving out this rebate. Read the Memorandum of Understanding. Read the NB Pharmacists Association Bulletin.Read the Common Front Information.

September 25 - The NB Common Front for Social Justice Inc. is organizing a Provincial Forum: Poverty: A new government, a new direction? The forum is Friday October 17, 2014, International Day for the Elimination of Poverty. Poster. Registration Form.

September 16 - Provincial Elections 2014 - News Conference: What each political party is proposing to reduce poverty. News Conference textDocument on each proposal. 

September 4 - Election NB- 2014 - Anything but an Aggressive Poverty Reduction Strategy. News release.

June 20 -
Elections 2014 : Is Poverty Reduction a priority for political parties? Four of the five provincial parties answered the NB Common Front questionnaire on the proposals to reduce poverty. Some said they would include their proposals in their electoral Platform. News release(modified). Questionnaire. Summary-responses. Complete answers: Conservative Party.  Liberal Party. NDP. Green Party.

May 20 -
A missed opportunity-New Five-Year Poverty Reduciton Plan. The Economic and Social Inclusion new five-year plan has been unveiled but there are not a lot of concrete measurable actions proposed. The common Front for Social Justice considers that it was time for bold new ideas but we don't find it in the document. New release.

May 9 - The New Brunswick minimum wage should be $10.30 an hour in 2014. ‘’Workers at minimum wage last had an increase in April 2012. Since then, they have lost purchasing power because of inflation. If we want them to keesays Rod Hill, Professor of Economics at the University of New Brunswick in a report on the Minimum Wage in New Brunswick prepared for the Common Front for Social Justicep the same purchasing power as they had then, they need a $0.30 increase this year.’’ News release. Report.

May 5 - 
New Brunswick Injured Workers will lose with Bill 73. The Alward's government change to the Appeal Tribunal for injured workers is a step backward. The Common Front for Social Justice has sent an open letter to Jody Carr, Minister for Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour explaining why. News release. Letter. Read our presentation.

March 5
- International Women's Day. Working women, those on social assistance and on pensions, represent some of the faces describing the feminization of poverty in New Brunswick. Women are overrepresented among the close to one in seven citizens that struggle daily with poverty in this province. New release,Summary, Report.


December 20 - Limited revenue? If yes, where to shop? The Common Front for Social Justice has investigated for you. Read the results. News release. Report. Details for each store. 

November 7 -
Employment Insurance National Joint Statement. Community and Labour groups across Canada signed a Joint Statement asking Stephen Harper to cancel the cuts to EI. National Joint Statement.Signatories.

October 13 - 
Provincial Election 2014 : Poverty as an electoral issue. The NB Common Front for Social Justice has launched a one-year campaign to make Poverty one of the key issue in the September 2014 election. Read the News releases. Political Parties Electoral Platform-2010. Action Plan 2013-2014.

September 20 - 
Workers' Compensation Changes. The Provincial government wants to modify the Workers' Compensation Legislation. The NB Common Front for Social Justice has made a presentation before the committee studying the changes. News release. Executive Summary.

August 26 - 
Poverty Consultations. Poverty Reduction Plan - Questions that needs answers. Read the news release.

June 19 -
 Analysis of the Poverty Reduction Progress Report. “The best test to evaluate the work done by the Economic and Social Inclusion Plan is to answer the question "Did it really reduce poverty?” says Ms. Linda McCaustlin, co-chair of the NB Common Front for Social Justice (CFSJ). Read the News release. Graph: Where the money went.

March 8 -
International Women's Day - Employment Insurance. There are black clouds over women' head because of changes to Employment Insurance. Letter to New Brusnwick MP's.

January 17 - 
Employment Insurance-Letter to Bernard Valcourt, MP. Read the letter.

January 7 -
NB Tax Reductions - Who profited? Read the Report by Economist Rod Hill.Read the Open Letter by 13 Economists.

Workers' Compensation

The Alward government wants to modify the Workers' Compensation Act. The New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice presented a brief to the committee. New release


October 30-24.8% in food banks frequentation in NB since 2008
September 21- Letter to David Alward on Provincial Bus Services
September 18-Letter to David Alward on Employment Insurance
September 9 -Eighty-six percent (86%) of all investments made in one year by Invest NB, 86% were for payroll rebates
June 4, 2012 –
open letter to the Hon. Steven Harper
March 17, 2012 - 
To N.B. financial planners: daylight saving time is here! - Auréa Cormier
March 7, 2012
- The demise of the Advisory Council: one year later- Times & Transcript
March 1, 2012 - Helping poor will boost N.B. revenues – activist - The Daily Gleaner
March 1, 2012 – Negotiations with dental society – open letter to Premier David Alward
February 17, 2012
- Government out of touch with New Brunswickers, poll says - CUPE NB
January 24, 2012 - Negotiations with New Brunswick Dental Society - Open letter to Minister Sue Stultz
January 11, 2012
- Pre-­Budget consultations: Thousands of taxpayers cut-­off by Mr. Higgs
FROM WORDS TO ACTION – open letter to Hon. David Alward


December 1, 2011 - Open letter to Minister Martine Coulombe
November 3, 2011
  - Special Minimum Wage for Servers Earning Tips
November 2, 2011 - Food Banks Canada's HUNGER COUNT 2011 Confirms a Continued Increase in Food Bank Usage in New Brunswick
September 27, 2011 - Poverty costs New Brunswickers $2 billion dollars per year, news release of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives
September 13, 2011 - Open letter to the minister of Social Development
July 20, 2011
- The CFSJ is shocked by Minister Coulombe's decision on minimum wage
June 2011 - Two-tier minimum wage - Letter to the minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
May 30, 2011
- A Plate Left Empty: The Common Front for Social Justice is officially launching their campaign
March 23, 2011 - Provincial budget puts nothing in the plates of the poor
February 11, 2011 - Working poor is an issue but don't ask us to do anything about it, go see the provincial government
January 29, 2011 - Poverty – 2011 Version - Jean-Claude Basque
January 29, 2011 - 
Change government's culture - Jean-Claude Basque
January 29, 2011
- Share the pain, Mr. Premier, Telegraph Journal, January 29, 2011
January 20, 2011 - Budgets are about making political decisions that will have a lasting effect on all citizens
January 19, 2011 - Report slams tax cuts as 'unsustainable', Telegraph Journal, January 19, 2011


December 10, 2010 - We are very happy to hear from Minister Stultz that the welfare rates are going to be increased
November 19, 2010 - To end poverty, guarantee everyone in Canada $20,000 a year. But are you willing to trust the poor?, Globe and Mail, November 19, 2010
November 17, 2010 - The new government of David Alward should immediately increase revenues for people who are living on social assistance
October 18, 2010 - Poverty summit wraps up in Moncton, Times & Transcript, October 18, 2010
October 13, 2010 - Third Summit on Poverty
October 6, 2010 - Document for the Press Conference
September 9, 2010 - Members of the CFSJ have asked each of the political parties to tell them what would be in their electoral platform to reduce poverty in N.B.
August 25, 2010 - Kelly Lamrock is attacking New Brunswickers on certified disability with his changes in delivering their yearly supplement
June 29, 2010 - “At least four areas of New Brunswick won't have any representatives of people living in poverty on the new Board of Directors of the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation”
June 1, 2010 - Exhibits depicts social injustice, Times & Transcript, June 1, 2010
May 13, 2010 - Press Conference
May 4, 2010 - Nomination of the President and of the Vice Presidents of the Economic and Social Inclusion Board
April 21, 2010 - "Food banks should only be a temporary alternative to an inadequate social safety net"
April 7, 2010 - "There has to be real representation of people currently living in poverty, the process has to be open and language of service needs to be included in the new proposed Bill 39, Economic and Social Inclusion Act"
March 3, 2010 - These are the faces of poverty and social injustices in New Brunswick - for The Daily Gleaner
February 18, 2010
- Lamrock advocating two-tier system
January 14, 2010 - Greater Moncton area citizens mobilizing against the sale of NB Power
January 2, 2010 - The proposed increases in Minimum wage is good news


November 30, 2009 - Common Front has solutions for reducing poverty, M. Lamrock
November 2009 - 37,000 poor New Brunswickers left out of provincial budget
November 27, 2009 - Three Sad Stories: Social Development policies need major overhaul and the Minister of Social Development Kelly Lamrock has to move from words to action
November 24, 2009 - Child poverty unacceptable after 20 years
October 21, 2009 - Make Roundtable sessions document available to the public - Open letter to Shawn Graham
June 11, 2009 - 
Letter to the editor: Court Social Workers Must be Reinstated. Joannie LeBlanc
June 5, 2009 - 
Letter to the editor: Economic Unit. Jean-Claude Basque
May 27, 2009
- Key Solutions to Reduce Poverty in New Brunswick
April 30, 2009 - Graham breaks his social assistance promise
March 27, 2009 - The Sad Side of Victor Boudreau's Budget, Open letter from Auréa Cormier, Provincial Council Member, CFSJ, published in the Telegraph Journal
March 9, 2009 - 
Open Letter to Shawn Graham: Heating Costs
March 2009
- People living in poverty are ounce again left out by this Liberal government
February 3, 2009 - Open letter to Shawn Graham re: Poverty and Social Assistance
February 2009
- Common Front Art Exhibit -Moncton exhibit highlights struggle with poverty, Times & Transcript, February 13, 2009
February 2009 - CFSJ Valentines Day Press Release
January 2009 - The timing is not right to reduce taxes
January 2009 - Proposed increase to Minimum Wage a step in the right direction


November 20, 2008 - Letter in Reaction to "Poverty Reduction Plan,"
November 2008
- Press Release in Reaction to "Poverty Reduction Plan"
October 2008 - CFSJ Press Conference, October 30, 2008 - Photos
October 2008 - Press Release on the 2nd Summit on Poverty
October 2008 - The PC candidates in NB seem to take poverty with a grain of salt
September 2008 - People at the lower end of the income scale had nothing to rejoice about today
June 2008 - The Common Front for Social Justice is planning its 2nd Provincial Poverty Summit for October 17 and 18, 2008
June 2008 - Real meaningful consultations or a public relations exercise?
June 2008 - Tax Reform by Janice Harvey
June 2008 - The proposed changes to our tax system will hurt workers, citizens on fixed income and those living in poverty
June 2008 - Tax reform: Shifting the burden from rich to poor by Janice Harvey
February 2008 - Are the people living in poverty not part of this province?
January 2008 - Press Release on Pre-Budget Consultations


October 2007 - No Difference between the previous and current government in fighting poverty
October 2007 - United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
October 2007 - Social assistance : a life of misery for many
June 2007 - A 5000-stitch Scarf
February 2007 - The next Provincial budget needs to have $25 million in real new money in it to help people on Socail Assistance
January 2007 - Poor people live in anguish with no heating oil; it is unacceptable that Shawn Graham's government lets social assistance recipients in the cold this winter


December 2004 - The situation is more than intolerable : more than 150,000 NB citizens make a plea for change
December 2004 - Thousands of Social Solidarity Contracts to the NB Legislature
December 2004 - Thanks Mr. Lord, but it is not enough
November 2004 - Optimistism after meeting two provincial ministers
October 2004 - Launching of the Social Solidarity Contract campaign, our Web Site, and the Orange Ribbon by the Common Front for Social Justice
June 2004 - Poverty is received little attention during the election campaign. Only the NPD and the Green Party propose solutions to poverty

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NB Common Front for Social Justice Inc.
236 St. George Street, Suite 412, Moncton, NB, E1C 1W1
Phone: (506) 855-8977