Dopey Gleaner smells something

It looks like the Dopey Gleaner is taking an opposite stance to Al Hogan on the election. If Freddy Beach swivels towards the Libs, the Cool Camel crowd is in trouble:

Daily Gleaner – Today
Party platforms should include specifics
In our view: Seek out those candidates who paint a clear picture of how election promises will be kept

[Party platform] -We want to bring jobs to the region
We hope so. We don’t think any candidate has a hope running around saying he/she wants to remove jobs – or perhaps find a way for people to work for less pay. Jobs are good. Always will be. But we want to know what jobs. What quality? What benchmarks do you set for yourself to tell the public it’s not just an empty promise, but a promise upon which you can be judged a success or a failure?

This could be the Achilles heal of the government. As I have said many times, other than a few call centre expansions, where is the ‘made in New Brunswick’ solution to economic development? Ask the government to detail the new industries they have brought to New Brunswick over the last seven years. In what new sectors have they attracted anchor world-class companies? e-Learning? No. Animation? No. Software development? No. Aerospace? No. Manufacturing? No. Tourism? No.

The Daily Gleaner apparently is also perturbed by this.

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0 Responses to Dopey Gleaner smells something

  1. Anonymous says:

    I don’t see it that way, although I have no idea what a cool camel crowd is except an alliteration, I think this is aimed more at the liberals. The conservatives are always touting their ‘lowest EI in 20 years’, and thats the statistic people will remember. Remember, newspaper readers are a different demographic, the blogging thing still hasn’t caught on.

    The latest news is of new jobs that were already announced but all people will remember is ‘look at all these new jobs’ (except the construction equipment manufacturer, that was bad timing. A little gossi p there has a McCain who is campaign manager for a liberal, and this company was owned by the McCains until two years ago. Who wants to bet they dumped it so they wouldn’t look like the bad guys in the region?)

    Anyway, so the onus falls on the liberals to say SPECIFICALLY how they will create jobs. That’s tough to do when you aren’t in power, and even tougher to be ‘specific’. Especially when you have guys like the one in Parrsboro who is investing because he really loved the area (I’m still suspicious about that one) The tories have a record, albeit a bad one that we’ve been over, but the liberals have no record at all. Hopefully they will have the brains to tell people that they were the party that designed the call centre sector and can do it again with other sectors. But brains and politics often don’t mix.

  2. Freddy Beach says:

    I have noticed a more pro-liberal slant in the Gleaner’s reporting in the last week or two. Perhaps it is because Graham has been in election mode and making promises while Lord has been too busy going around the province spending our taxpayer dollars (not a bad thing in itself but just before/during an election campaign???).

    I can’t really judge if the pro-Liberal slant reflects opinions around Freddy Beach but I hope so.

    I heard this morning that Lord is going to try to make this election into a match about who is going to cut gas taxes more. Come on!!! He’s crying poor to the rest of Canada and the feds and here he is cutting gas taxes. How many people do you know that drive through New Brunswick on their way to PEI, NS or Nfld? First the tolls get scrapped, now this. What’s next free pop and chips on the Trans-Canada for east-bound tourists?

    I realize that gas costs are important to people but the NB government has no control over world oil prices. Cutting a couple of cents off a litre will not amount to much except less revenue for the provincial gov’t. How will we be able to afford to expand our roads and other infrastructure without money? In case the politicians (and others) forgot, we still have to pay Brun-way over $200 million next year for the building of the Trans Canada.

    Hopefully voters will think before they vote.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know if there are any experts out there, but the poster above seems to know a little so I’ll posit this here. Is that 200 million a fixed cost? I know they use ‘shadow tolls’ to pay the owner, but where does that 200 million come from (I mean what source).

    I couldn’t agree much more with the guy above. People have to remember though that both parties are VERY happy to make the election about ONE thing, that way they don’t have to say much else. I liked that comment about the free pop and chips, I think that should maybe become New Brunswick’s slogan. “We make it so damn easy for you to get across our province and on your way-sorry for the inconvenience!” Too bad that wouldnt fit on a license plate, I notice NB is the only province without a slogan on the plates.

  4. Freddy Beach says:

    From http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2005/07/c1208.html

    the total for the Trans-Canada from Fredericton to the Quebec border is $543 M. The federal gov’t promised to put in $200 M so that leaves the NB gov’t on the hook for the $200+ M. It will be laid out over more than 25 years so it will be a small trickle but nearly $20 million a year (indexed) for a couple of decades is nothing to sneeze at.

    As David has said many times, we need to be self-sufficient and cutting taxes and then running to the feds crying poor is not the way to go.

  5. Anonymous says:

    But isn’t the Fredericton-Moncton a separate highway? There’s still a private contractor to be paid isn’t there? I’ve always meant to read it, but there’s a piece of legisltation called ‘Fredericton-Moncton highway bill’.

    I have another question for all you potential economists, anybody know what is included in the government revenue marked ‘other’? I assume they means license fees, lottery fees, maybe crown land fees, but is there a comprehensive list anywhere?