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Protest against fracking in Fredericton today

In today’s Throne Speech in New Brunswick, Conservative premier David Alward indicated that he will continue to promote fracking in the province.

The Canadian Press reports, “The throne speech came as a few hundred people (500 we’re told by our friends who were there) protested outside the legislature, calling on the government to stop issuing exploratory licences for shale gas. Julia Linke of the Council of Canadians said Alward isn’t listening to the public. ‘It is certainly not fit for a premier to be ridiculing the people and to be dismissing them’, Linke said.”

A CBC news report adds, “Alward confirmed earlier this week that SWN Resources Canada is planning to resume exploration for shale gas in Kent County in the coming days and weeks. Aboriginal activists have warned they also plan to hold more anti-shale gas protests in an attempt to stop the company.”

Alward also expressed his support for the Energy East pipeline today.

Today’s throne speech is expected to be Alward’s last before the September 2014 election in New Brunswick.