Coming together, representing 8,600 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in New Brunswick—the largest group of health professionals in the province—the Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB) and the New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU) have partnered and identified the following five election priorities and proposed questions to party leaders on how they intend to address these challenges within our healthcare system.

Voice Your Vote!

If you can do just two things:

1

Find One Issue

As a health professional with hands-on expertise, we ask you identify yourself as a Registered Nurse/Nurse Practitioner and find one issue that speaks to you or simply ask what the candidate's vision for nursing in healthcare might be?

2

Vote!

Vote! Encourage colleagues to do the same. Did you know that voting can occur every day once the election has been called.

Details can be found on Elections NB website.

5 Election Priorities

Which one speaks to you?

Access to Care

Access to Care

How does your party plan to improve access to primary care services in New Brunswick?

Download PDF
Pharmacare

Pharmacare

What is your party’s plan for a national, universal Pharmacare plan?

Download PDF
Long-term Care

Long-term Care

What is your party’s plan for a comprehensive, long-term seniors care strategy?

Download PDF
Mental Health & Addications

Mental Health & Addiction

What will your party do to address mental health and addictions issues in New Brunswick?

Download PDF
Nursing Shortage

Nursing Shortage

What is your party’s strategy to address health human resource planning and the current shortage of registered nurses in New Brunswick?

Download PDF

Get Involved

NB’s Political Landscape and Engaging Your Candidate

  • NB's Political Landscape

    Current NB Standings

    There are five registered political parties in New Brunswick with three currently represented in the Legislature. The current landscape reflects a majority Liberal Government.

    • Liberal Party: 27
    • Progressive Conservative Party: 21
    • Green Party: 1

    NB currently has 49 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA’s). *Please take a minute to verify what riding you reside in depending on your home address: 2018 Provincial Electoral District Maps and Descriptions.

    Political Parties & Platforms

    A platform outlines what the political party believes and plans to deliver, if elected. When available, party platforms can be found on each individual website.

    Additional Resources

  • Tips on How to Get Involved
    1. Engage candidates in person. Introduce yourself by name and indicate you are a Registered Nurse/Nurse Practitioner.
    2. Select one priority from the five identified in Nursing Matters that speaks to your professional area of expertise so that you are prepared when a candidate arrives at your door. You could also simply ask what their vision for nursing in healthcare might be?
    3. Utilize social media (Twitter, Facebook, blog etc.). Post comments/opinions that are educated, respectful, non-partisan and well thought out.
    4. Talk to other nursing colleagues, and encourage the importance of voting. To be heard, we must speak together on the issues that directly affect the health of fellow New Brunswickers.
    5. Attend all candidates meetings/debates in your community and ask questions. Meetings are usually advertised in local newspapers or radio and promoted via social media.
    6. Call or write your candidates about one issue that speaks to you and your professional expertise. (contact information is usually available on the political party websites.)
    7. Most importantly vote on Monday, September 24, 2018.
  • Tips on How to Meet a Candidate
    1. Visit the political party's website (see websites above) to determine the candidates in your riding and their contact information.
    2. Phone, email or drop-in to the candidate’s headquarters to request a face-to-face meeting. The best time to reach candidates is typically early morning business hours before door-to-door gets underway.
    3. Recruit colleagues to join you at the meeting. There is strength in numbers!
    4. Be prepared. Organize a pre-meeting briefing with those who share similar concerns and whom will join your meeting.
    5. Introduce yourself and your group by name, profession and title/position.
    6. Share facts. Leave behind support materials including: NANB and NBNU’s priorities.
    7. Speak to local issues of concern always keeping in mind the public’s interest.
    8. Keep notes and be non-partisan in your approach and try not to leave without some form of commitment on your issues.
    9. Relay important information back to NANB and NBNU. Keeping your nursing organizations informed throughout the election provides an opportunity to communicate with a wider nursing audience.
    10. Send a brief thank you note to the candidate(s) with your appreciation for their time and any agreements reached during the meeting.
  • Example Letters
  • Party Response to Nurse Questionnaire