Connect the dots, for cryin’ out loud

New Brunswick’s Minister of Transportation Paul Robichaud recently bragged about his government’s capital investments approved this year for highway and infrastructure improvements in the province. With New Brunswick exporting so much of its products including raw resources like forest, fish, minerals and peat moss we need good roads, the Minister said.

What he didn’t say is that since 2000, exports from New Brunswick that use these roads are down significantly. From 2000 to 2004, the value total exports – not including Irving’s refinery – are down by 7% and the decline is even more pronounced in a number of key sectors including: Paper Mills (down 30%), sawmills (down 13%), paperboard mills (down 32%), aquaculture (down 29%).

Thanks for the investment in roads, Minister, now how ’bout some in economic development to save the industries and people that use the roads?

Also, Mr. Minister, how ’bout telling people that if you hadn’t removed the toll highway in 1999 and added the hundreds of millions in cost to the public debt, you could have been building by now the much-needed four lane highway to northern New Brunswick which would open up the region to trade and investment.

So, go on fixing potholes so that David Coon can drive around and more effectively shoot the province’s economy in the foot.

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0 Responses to Connect the dots, for cryin’ out loud

  1. Anonymous says:

    Your’re looking forward to the day NB’s economy is booming? I would be willing to bet that will never happen, especially as long as Brenard Lord is Premier of NB. Our population is declining as we speak with English language young people heading out of this Province by the fastest means possible. They are not coming back, and why would they? They have two choices in NB, work at a call centre or learn to speak French in order to get a real job. Language was supposed to be about choice, and now the Acadian Society is demanding that they be allowed to work exclusively in the French language. I’m sorry but the last time I checked the majority in this Province are English speaking. Why should our young people be required to learn French to work in their Province of birth, when they can easily just leave the Province and head west where they are readily accepted because they speak English without an accent.