He invited other political party’s supporting the SLFP and those who are willing to do so in the future to contest as a common front at future polls under the ‘Hand’ symbol. President Sirisena also invited SLFP parliamentarians in the Joint Opposition group to work within the party to form an SLFP led government in the future.“I took over the leadership to form a SLFP led government,” the President added. President Maithripala Sirisena today asserted that he will not bow down to any external threats.The President expressed this view at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) 65th anniversary event in Kurunegala today. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and several SLFP members of the joint opposition did not attend the event. Speaking at the event, President Sirisena said all members of the party must unite to strengthen the SLFP instead of threatening to create new political parties. While observing that some were attacking him both openly and in secrecy, the President questioned whether they were conspiring against him as he is a man from humble background. He pointed out that he is the President who is mostly close to the general public as he came from a humble background when compared to the other six Executive Presidents in the country.“Why are they challenging me? Why are they attacking me? Is it because I am an ordinary small man? Is it because I am the first President of Sri Lanka to have been born in a mud hut? Is it because I am the son of a poor farmer? Is it because I am not part of the traditional ruling class of this country?” he queried.The President also stressed on the need to reorganize the party and form a clean political movement. He said the foundation for a clean political movement is necessary to form an SLFP led government in the future.
FREDERICTON – Aboriginal leaders in New Brunswick are taking the provincial government to court in an effort to block an increase on the caps for harvesting softwood lumber in a new 10-year forestry strategy.The Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick filed for an injunction in the Court of Queen’s Bench on Wednesday, arguing the new strategy will cause irreversible environmental harm.“This is not just a First Nations issue, this is an issue that will impact everyone in this province,” said the assembly’s Maliseet co-chair, Chief Brenda Perley, in a statement.“Increasing the annual allotment for harvesting softwood lumber will further endanger culturally significant species like deer and salmon, among other plant and animal life that aboriginal and non-aboriginal conservationists, recreational and commercial fishers and hunters and anyone who takes pride in the natural beauty of New Brunswick enjoy and depend upon.”A spokesman for the Natural Resources Department wasn’t available for comment.The province announced in March it was raising its softwood lumber caps, allowing the forestry industry to harvest 660,000 more cubic metres of wood per year. The change amounted to a more than 20-per-cent increase from existing levels.Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud said at the time the move would make the industry more competitive and create hundreds of new jobs in the province.The increase in the province’s new forestry strategy brought the total allowable amounts to about 3.9 million cubic metres of spruce and fir, Robichaud said in March.One day after the announcement, Irving Pulp and Paper said it planned to spend about $450 million to modernize a pulp mill in Saint John.Native leaders oppose the change, accusing the government of failing to adequately address aboriginal concerns or properly consulting with them.The Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in New Brunswick says it is bringing forward the legal action on behalf of itself and 10 First Nation communities, with more aboriginal groups expected to join.They are asking that the court put the forestry strategy on hold until their concerns are addressed. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2014 12:27 pm MDT First Nation chiefs look to block New Brunswick’s new forestry strategy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email