The Christmas election

It looks like were in for an election sometime in the new year. Already, this is being dubbed as a ‘Christmas’ election in the hopes that a few people may vote against the instigators.

Here’s what I will be looking for before I cast my vote.

The party that articulates the clearest vision for economic development in Atlantic Canada.

The party that agrees that government, as representative of us, must play an active role in economic development.

The party that will cast aside old models that clearly haven’t worked.

The party that will agree that we need to attract and support the development of new industries in Atlantic Canada to replace those that are declining.

The party that will say “if it’s good enough for Ontario and Quebec, it’s good enough for Atlantic Canada” (read: the massive industrial development spending on auto, aero, etc.)

The party that will agree that rural decline is not inevitable – that we need to spend a lot more effort on community renewal and a lot less on ‘easing the decline’.

The party that will not sugar coat the extent of the problems in Atlantic Canada. Pretending things are getting better belies the seriousness of the problems.

Think any of the parties will agree to my conditions?

Me neither.

But it felt good getting it out there anyway.

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0 Responses to The Christmas election

  1. vivenewbrunswick says:

    Boy that’s a ‘wishful thinking’ list, we already KNOW what the parties say:

    Liberals:doodley squat for economic development for the maritimes

    Conservatives: Promise even less, in fact want to decimate ‘regional development’ altogether.

    NDP: More spending but not in economic development. Personally this at least sounds the best of the three but since the NDP has zero chance of getting elected why bother?

    Greens: Still awaiting instructions from planet ‘yerkiddinright’. I actually voted Green last time to give them that $2 and in the hopes that perhaps four ‘visible’ parties will mean they will look at proportional representation. Greens can at least tout the highest increase in proportional voters of all parties. Ironic that more canadians voted green and have zero representation than maritimers voted liberal who have lots of representation (liberals I mean, not relative to the country)

    Other than that the only real alternative is not voting. If there were a political organization, besides small groups like ‘eatthevote’, who were advocating not voting as a way to effect a political change I’d go for it. However, almost half of canadians don’t bother voting and they haven’t blinked an eye, I have a feeling if 1% of voters showed up they still be calling it ‘a great victory for democracy’.

    I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said:

    “Don’t Vote-You’ll just encourage them!”

  2. David Campbell says:

    It might be interesting to see a Green Party economic development strategy. It is clear that the ‘environment’ in a general sense is becoming a real economic driver (alternative energy, waste management, organics, etc.). I wouldn’t be averse to a well crafted plan to help a place like NB leverage this. I don’t recall ever seeing an economic development strategy built around these concepts. It would have to be specific and lead to investment and job creation (leading to increased taxes paid allowing us to provide our social infrastructure, yadda, yadda, yadda) but it would be interesting to pursue.

  3. vivenewbrunswick says:

    It’s bad when even Ontario is getting ahead of NB, but recently a new plan has the funding for a few HUNDRED wind turbines-finally. New Brunswick, as usual is still toting the nuclear agenda. Ontario at least has the poor excuse of having so many people alternative power is not really viable, however, in NB, with hardly any people and tons of crown land there’s simply no reason solar and wind aren’t viable alternatives. In fact, a study from PEI shows that wind power is actually CHEAPER than nuclear UP FRONT.

    However, the Green Party has a pretty extensive economic development plan, in fact it has cheezed off a lot of ‘granola’ types because it has ‘adapted’ to the new world order somewhat. I especially like the democratic aspects of the party where members vote on resolutions and the executive MUST abide by grassroots vote. This is something the other party’s are simply not looking at. The Greens have even accepted nuclear power as the ‘greenest available alternative’ due to member votes.

    This is another reason to vote for greens, since canada is essentially a liberal government which pilfers popular policies from other parties. The more that vote for Green, the more they know how seriously people take the environment.

  4. scott says:

    You have three choices:

    More of the same

    More of the same with a dash of change

    No chance to implement change

  5. Anonymous says:

    Actually, there IS a fourth, but you have to wait til January to find out what it is:)