Al Hogan must drive an SUV

Al’s We Say actually mentions Premier Lord and makes one of its famous threats – only directed at the Tories. This is a rarity folks. Better mint your copy. He’s talking about the what amounts to about 14.5 cents a litre gas tax and the 8% NB portion of the HST on gas which means that of ever $1.20 you pay per litre, roughly 24 cents goes directly to the provincial government coffers. We say:

The most obvious and clear hosing of the public is coming from the government itself.It is a situation that Premier Lord would be well-advised to correct, and fast. Voters care.

The T&T is reporting that the mayor of Bouctouche will be running for the Tories. His platform:

Saulnier’s five-point platform includes better roads, better commercial development, more industrial development, reversing Kent’s population decline and boosting tourism.

Interesting platform since proactive commercial and industrial development has not been part of the last seven years and reversing Kent’s population decline has likewise not been on the radar.

Shouldn’t these guys align their platforms with the provincial strategies?

Another interesting story:

As New Brunswick’s 2005 Health Care Report Card was revealed with apparently rosy results yesterday, Health and Wellness Minister Brad Green said his government is willing to stand by its track record on health care as it moves into an election campaign.

I hope so. They have sacrificed economic development, population growth, and just about every other activity of government to fund the beast called health care. They should get credit for it.

The Telegraph-Journal intones this morning:

People want their political representatives to focus on the goal of improving New Brunswick, from the economy to the quality of life in our communities.

Tell me this. 70% of those communities are losing population. How can you worry about quality of life when people are leaving in droves?

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0 Responses to Al Hogan must drive an SUV

  1. Anonymous says:

    The other “misalignment” is the obvious fact that no representative anywhere can actually do anything about “roads, commercial development, tourism” Sure they can beg and plead the government to do something about it, but of course they have 57 other people who are in the office every day begging and pleading for the same thing.

    Health Care isnt quite as rosy as they think, on paper it may sound nice, but in Caraquet a court case is very fresh in people”s minds. People who dont pay much attention will only remember “wasnt it so bad that they got sued by New Brunswickers”

    Likewise, health care is so bureaucratized that when a lot of people think health care, they think of how bad their last experience was. The only people who think its rosy are those lucky enough to have a family doctor, not having to fight for service, administrators, and people who have never used the health care system (which I grant is a lot)

    As for gas, only the most brainwashed dyed in the wool tory is going to buy that line. The government has a miniscule surplus, while accounting firms say its actually a deficit (I think the Auditor said the same a few years ago), now with cutting crown fees in HALF for crown timber to help out the corporations, the province will only see half the amount of fees from that resource.

    In other words, this government is dead broke. A 20% tax on fuel is nothing compared to what european nations charge, and nothing compared to the profits Irving and other oil companies rake in. Unlike government they dont have to pay for services.

    But as I”ve said before and will say again, Al may be behind Bernard Lord, but not for any love of the man. So long as Premiers tow the Irving line and give them whatever they want (and Lord has given it with both hands as they say) then they”ll support him. On issues where the Irvings have a vested interest, like gas or timber, its the Irving line all the way. As said, this a “a warning”, which is even scarier than simply towing the party line. Its just a “friendly reminder” to Lord of how easy editorial policy can change (albeit lightly) if the Premier gets out of hand.

    Its been said many times before, in our current economy changes to political structures are mere changes in the shape of the shadow, it does nothing to address the substance-thats run by other people who you dont get to vote for.

  2. Cooker Boy says:

    Saulnier’s five-point platform includes better roads, better commercial development, more industrial development, reversing Kent’s population decline and boosting tourism.

    While true that an MLA can’t directly get those initiatives funded, it is their job to lobby the goverment on the riding’s behalf. Therefore, setting his priorities as listed above, tell voters I will lobby the goverment and work with the communities to create proposals for the following. I do think that is the problem with our political system… Too many MLA’s are not pushing their local agenda. if they did, out-migration and development would be bigger issues. Drop the yes master mentality and make a difference.

    On another note, I find it interesting that on the national stage MP’s write papers on issues affecting their constituents, but provincially you hardly ever hear of an MLA doing that.. Why is that?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Al Hogan doesn’t drive an SUV… he drives a HUMMER. I wish I was kidding, but I’m not.

    You can often see him getting in/out of it at the Times & Transcript’s customer parking lot on the corner of Main & Bonaccord. Apparently our favourite newspaper editor isn’t satisfied with the visibility his car gets in the employee parking lot.

  4. scott says:

    He’s working for a humdinger of a paper. Or should I say “hummer” of a paper.

  5. David Campbell says:

    Now, that is great intelligence. Hogan and his HUMMER. That answers a lot of questions right there.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I simply cannot believe that, not without pictures! That’s almost too…I dont know what.

    It’s true that thats their job, but even at the federal level it amounts to little. Show me one position paper presented by a federal MLA anywhere in the province that actually kickstarted a local agenda.

    But that brings up a good point (though by the way, the ‘yes master’ line is VERY evident in federal politics, the only difference is that with larger parties, sometimes their unsure who will be Master for awhile),
    which is that proportional representation plays a huge effect on party politics. For one thing, there is more of a growth in smaller parties. For another, PR usually has minority governments-and not dysfunctional two party ones like this last one in NB. That means that issues become far more public than currently, when most people couldn’t even name a piece of legislation on the table.

    However, the states serves as an interesting comparison, at least at the state level. Being republican or democrat does NOT mean towing the party line, and you often find both parties with members voting away from their leader.

    That is partly due to the fact that there are far more representatives-over 200 per house, and the fact that the pay scale means these people aren’t ‘professional politicians’. In New Brunswick, like most places in Canada, getting elected often means getting a cabinet post or good committee post so you can get some notoriety. You get that by being a good ‘yes man’.

    In the states its far different, there are various secretariats, but no cabinet. With so many representatives, and with so little monetary compensation, it becomes less important to ‘hang on for dear life’ to keep that juicy pension and paycheque.

    That’s the system we’re stuck with-at least for now, so don’t expect that to change anytime soon.