The New Brunswick government’s recent decision to increasing spending to fix the potholes in the province’s roads was greeted with great enthusiasm by MLAs. It turns out that these potholes generate the most calls to MLA offices (at least in rural communities). This, once again, illustrates my contention that we need to have a public dialogue on the issue of the economy and economic development. Rural plants and factories are closing, mines are winding down, unemployment is over 13% in rural communities, youth out-migration is high – and the number one issue on the minds of the voters is potholes.
You know the old saying – you get the government you deserve.