Elvy steps down

I find this a bit bizarre. Why would one of the top cabinet ministers in New Brunswick announce his retirement 20 months before the next election? I read all the boiler plate reasons but I think that this is a huge loss for the government. First Norm Betts and now Elvy. And what’s with Lord’s assertion that nobody is irreplaceable?

Anybody with insight on this, please post. I am curious.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Rules of the game

    1. Make all the contentious decisions in the first two years of your mandate.

    2. Use the last two years for handouts, talking tough, and blaming any bad decisions on lackeys.

    3. Firing people and saying things like ‘nobody is irreplacable’ or ‘we will not tolerate incompetence’ or things like that will (hopefully) impress the voters that you are ‘doing something’.

    4. Firing people or getting them to step down (depending how much you like them and how secure they are in their riding) gives you more room since the new guy in cabinet can blame all their problems on ‘the old guy who left’. By the time the next election comes around the new cabinet minister can once again make the same promises as when the government was new “we’re getting to that” and “that will be implemented in 2010″ and “that requires more study but we’re on top of it”.

    5. This benefits the guy leaving his post as well since they can distance themselves from actual decisions made by their department “oh, that was done after I left..” and “oh, I HAD big good changes planned but then had to step down”, and “oh, no, that one was a good one, so I was instrumental in bringing it about”

    6. Make sure any ‘fall guys’ live in ridings that are secure. Elvy won his seat by 2000 votes (almost twice as many votes). Or else can be people you just don’t like.

    That’s from the political point of view. It literally could be that the guy doesn’t like the workload or something (which makes the timing coincidental), could have family or personal issues (again coincidental). Also when and if he runs again its not good to have ‘too much’ responsibility because people have a way of holding your decisions against you (not as big a problem in NB since apart from a few votes, nobody even KNOWS what the guy voted for)

  2. Anonymous says:

    He’s retiring because a good proportion of New Brunswickers hate him because of hospital closures and cutbacks. He probably wouldn’t have a chance if he ran again because his riding is rural, but like the above says, the riding also seems heavily conservative so the next guy still has a shot. This way Lord can make all those bad health decisions seem like the work of one cabinet minister. It’s ironic because conservatives are usually more popular in rural areas, this party is becoming the opposite.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Use the last two years for handouts, talking tough, and blaming any bad decisions on lackeys.

    Naw, they’re still blaming McKenna for everything.