Riddle me this

Is Peter Mesheau a traitor to the Tory cause or lending a helping hand? One thing’s for sure, the NB Tories lately like to provide lots of drama. Remember the Tanker affair? Hard to forget. He quit. He was castigated. He was called a liar, blackmailer and traitor. Then he was made Speaker.

Now Peter Mesheau.

One side has him being slighted for being pushed from the Finance portfolio to Business New Brunswick (a less than posh appointment these days). This theory has him bitter and angry with the Premier and eager to get out. Pulling the plug now would be revenge. I have actually heard variants of this theory from several folks – one mid level manager over at BNB.

The other side has him cast as a loyal soldier in the Tory battle for truth, justice and the vanishing Prosperity Plan. His decision to leave politics was personal and he is as well loved as ever. A decision to resign now – a year before the Premier’s ‘preferred’ election date, the story goes, would be a deliberate and supported move to trigger an election because the Premier’s popularity is as high now as it was in 2000. Of couse, this side says, Mesheau would be castigated publicly – even by Tories – to keep up appearances. But in the end, he would be the sacrificial lamb to get an excuse to call an early election.

Which theory is right?

Who knows?

We rarely get the kind of ‘leaks’ and ‘dirt’ in the local NB media that the natioanl political reporters are able to tease out of elected officials and/or their lackeys. In addition, on the national stage, there are all kinds of ‘strategic’ leaks of information. We get some of that in New Brunswick as politicians want to test the waters with plausible deniability.

I still think personally that Peter is a decent guy and this is probably a pretext to get an early election.

But, again, who knows?

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0 Responses to Riddle me this

  1. Anonymous says:

    Is there any evidence that ANYTHING is going on here at all, or is it just rumongering? Has there been any public stories that hes actually leaving at all?

    If somebody were going to step down, youd think there are better guys to pick than him. The “something personal” line is suspicious. It would have to be pretty big to make somebody give up an elected position a year before their mandate is done.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Anybody know if the old electoral boundaries stay put if an election is called?

  3. Cooker Boy says:

    New boundaries are in place for whenever the next election is called.

  4. Anonymous says:

    In response to Anonymous 1, Mesheau stated publicly in the Telegraph that he wanted out, pronto, because he has a post-politics job lined up and wants to devote himself to it full-time. That being said, it does dovetail nicely with the window of opportunity Lord has while his popularity is high. Win-win, as someone might say.

  5. Anonymous says:

    That’s interesting, so they don’t even need to pass legislation to change the boundaries? I went through the legislation and didn’t see it anywhere.

    Next question, anybody know how to find out who is running in each of the ridings?

  6. David Campbell says:

    Lord was quoted today as saying if Mesheau goes (and it looks like he will), I can call a by-election or a general election – I will call the latter and let the people decide. Jacques Poitras is estimating mid August (2 weeks) as the kick off.

  7. MonctonLandlord says:

    Yes, apparently a private sector company made him an offer (according to newspaper), it will be interesting to see which company, does anyone know? A private sector company does not usually wait 6, 12 or 18 months for a candidate to show-up for work (unless it is a company that got one of those grants, called Forgivable Loan). Can not wait to read the news, unless it is leaked here first… DC is right, a fine politician that represented us well in the USA, hopefully he remains with a NB company.

  8. Anonymous says:

    His job is with Atlantic Industries LTD., in his home riding of Dorchester. Its quite odd that a company would offer a representative a job in the middle of serving, or that he would be applying. Say what you want about his personality, thats just weird.

  9. David Campbell says:

    It just adds a level of intrigue. Atlantic Windows has received financial support from the provincial government so it is likely they would not want to hire Mesheau before his term expired unless there was something in it for them. So, again, back to my two alternative scenarios. Atl. Windows thinks the Libs will win and is trying to grease the pole or they think the Tories will win and they are helping Mesheau/Lord create the context for a legitimate early election.

  10. Anonymous says:

    In fact, there was a law which you can read here. The law requires an independent commission headed by two judges every ten years. It goes over the population numbers, receives submissions, etc., and draws up recommendations. There’s then an opportunity for more public input, and a final map is drawn up. Under the law, passed last year, the government of the day and/or the legislature cannot meddle with the map or interfere.