Master political strokes

I talked yesterday with a guy that has a good handle on politics. He understands, in my opinion, the elements of successful political strategy.

And he says that (as I have stated in previous blogs), Premier Lord has made a series of highly successful political moves in recent months that, barring any major change, should shore up his changes of winning another majority government next time.

His Moncton strategy:
-New bridge
-Hospital expansion
-French-language high school
-Premiers meeting here in 2007

The optimism around here combined with the lavish praise of the local paper should ensure a clean sweep or close to it in Moncton.

But where is the private sector investment? All the new residential construction and retail stores will dry up with no new manufacturers, call centres, IT shops, etc.

His Saint John strategy:
Lepreau – masterfully orchestrated – will make people forget that Saint John has had one of the poorest performing urban economies in all of Canada since the late 1990s. He should take most of the seats in Greater SJ.

His Fredericton strategy:
Significant pay increases for the civil servants
Significant expansion of the civil service – even the government was shocked with the recent labour force survey showed several thousand new civil servants in recent years. All these new happy government workers should shore up most of Fredericton – although there is some elements of discontent with policy and direction but that should be made up by pragmatism.

His upper SJ river valley strategy:
Bring and Indian firm in to run the Nackawic mill. He will look like a hero and win a majority of seats.

His northern New Brunswick strategy:
Put the screws to them. They didn’t vote for me before and I don’t need ’em.

Now, this sounds like good political strategy to me. Give the people a lollipop to make them forget that there was no food in the house to feed them for the past week.

But maybe someone’s stomach is growling??

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0 Responses to Master political strokes

  1. Anonymous says:

    You’re forgetting the basic rule of politics-when you satisfy one constituency, you piss off another. Hire more people in Fredericton you piss off everybody everywhere else for building a useless bureaucracy and throwing away more of their money. Put money into Moncton’s infrastructure and you piss off everybody else whose infra S is crumbling. Lepreau could really go either way.

    Lord hasn’t really done anything that’s going to make the people who didn’t vote for him last time change their vote.
    So just look at the last election results, there are at least eight seats that he won by the skin of his….whatever. In one riding he literally only won by the number of disqualified votes. Add into that the number who, like my mom, think that ‘it’s not good to have one party too long’ and I think Lord should have that referendum on proportional represenation because that would give him far more seats.

  2. David Campbell says:

    You should forget about the ‘last election’. Things have dramatically changed since then. No auto insurance problem. New medical school for Moncton. Hope for Saint John. Only the north gets the shaft.