Comparing the Platforms

Now that the Tories have finally released their platform, I will do a quick and dirty comparison of the two. I won’t comment on the health, education and other social initiatives. They are serving up lots of dough although Lord is committing to actual numbers 500 teachers, etc.

First,

Bernard Lord mentioned 18 times in 22 pages. His image is shown a dozen times.

Shawn Graham’s name is mentioned twice in the Liberal platform. His image is shown twice on 33 pages.

It would seem that repetition, repetition, repetition is the order of the day for the Tories. Wouldn’t it be need to see their focus group data that led them to conclude that Bernard Lord should be mentioned on every page of the platform?

Tory platform: Research is mentioned once – as a sub bullet in the rural development section.

Liberal platform: Research mentioned nine times.

Tory platform: Economic Development is mentioned three times

Liberal platform: Economic Development – eight times

Tory platform: One targeted economic sector mentioned – forestry

Liberal platform: Seven specific economic sectors mentioned – agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, fishing, mining, energy, culture sector.

Tory platform: Entrepreneurship – not mentioned at all (the word entrepreneurship – it talks about the small business tax cut in one of the many tax references)

Liberal platform: Entrepreneurship mentioned numerous times with specific new funding initiatives

The only other economy related initiative regards tax cuts.

Liberal platform: A few targeted tax cuts worth very little overall.

Tory platform: I think I counted six different tax cuts led by the 8% overall income tax cut.

This is a huge point of difference.

I fundamentally don’t agree with tax cuts funded by Equalization increases. I just don’t. I think we have an obligation to the citizens of this province and to the country as a whole to get our economic house in order and reduce our reliance on these federal transfers. I don’t object to them, I just think that history has shown that during recessions the cuts run the deepest in the poorest provinces. I also think that the richer provinces are getter stronger (health outcomes, economic outcomes, education outcomes, etc.) while the poorer are hardly holding their own. If we have spare money laying around for tax cuts, I think it should be used to fix our problems.

I would pour every spare nickel into turning our province around and creating an environment where the economy is strong, new industries are flourishing and people are moving here for real jobs and real opportunities.

Conclusion:

For the Tories, long gone are the days of talking about innovation, job creation targets, entrepreneurship.

The Liberals will have a hard time achieving their goals of ‘worst to first’ in education and ‘self-sufficiency’. I think they should have resisted the temptation to go for the catchy buzzwords that guys like Al Hogan will nail you to the wall on (except if you are a Tory – there’s no mention anywhere of the vanishing Prosperity Plan and its targets). But if they win, hopefully, they will lean into these issues in a profound way and hopefully start gettting some results.

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0 Responses to Comparing the Platforms

  1. itwasafact says:

    FREDERICTON (CP) – Liberal Leader Shawn Graham says New Brunswick must overcome the challenge of population decline.

    Campaigning in the Fredericton area today he said a lot more can be done to bring New Brunswickers back home and welcome new residents.

    The Liberals are promising to create a secretariat to promote population growth including retention, repatriation and immigration.

    Graham says businesses are already experiencing a shortage of skilled workers and if the population decline isn’t remedied the problem will worsen.

    A repatriation unit will be established within the Population Growth Secretariat to recruit and match former New Brunswickers with job opportunities in their home province.

    Graham says he’d also work with federal and municipal governments to increase the number of immigrants coming to the province to least 5,000 people a year by 2015.

    Hey shame,resurrecting old mckenna crap will sent to to oblivion also.
    Do you sling your coat off and throw it hahaha on the hahaha floor like him also(makes him look 5ft3),As they do in Jacket River.

  2. Anonymous says:

    FREDERICTON (CP) – Liberal Leader Shawn Graham says New Brunswick must overcome the challenge of population decline.

    Campaigning in the Fredericton area today he said a lot more can be done to bring New Brunswickers back home and welcome new residents.

    The Liberals are promising to create a secretariat to promote population growth including retention, repatriation and immigration.

    Graham says businesses are already experiencing a shortage of skilled workers and if the population decline isn’t remedied the problem will worsen.

    A repatriation unit will be established within the Population Growth Secretariat to recruit and match former New Brunswickers with job opportunities in their home province.

    Graham says he’d also work with federal and municipal governments to increase the number of immigrants coming to the province to least 5,000 people a year by 2015.

    Hey shame,resurrecting old mckenna crap will sent to to oblivion also.
    Do you sling your coat off and throw it hahaha on the hahaha floor like him also(makes him look 5ft3),As they do in Jacket River.

  3. Anonymous says:

    FREDERICTON (CP) – Liberal Leader Shawn Graham says New Brunswick must overcome the challenge of population decline.

    Campaigning in the Fredericton area today he said a lot more can be done to bring New Brunswickers back home and welcome new residents.

    The Liberals are promising to create a secretariat to promote population growth including retention, repatriation and immigration.

    Graham says businesses are already experiencing a shortage of skilled workers and if the population decline isn’t remedied the problem will worsen.

    A repatriation unit will be established within the Population Growth Secretariat to recruit and match former New Brunswickers with job opportunities in their home province.

    Graham says he’d also work with federal and municipal governments to increase the number of immigrants coming to the province to least 5,000 people a year by 2015.

    Hey shame,resurrecting old mckenna crap will sent to to oblivion also.
    Do you sling your coat off and throw it hahaha on the hahaha floor like him also(makes him look 5ft3),As they do in Jacket River.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just thought I’d make a mention to dampen out the aftertaste left by the retard above. Good post, but it does raise the big issue I’ve seen at blogs, which is that perhaps the Liberals are ‘promising everything to everyone’. This isn’t striping for the tories by any means, particularly Lords idiotic visage (how exactly will that help?), however, opposition parties are well known to offer everything under the sun, and few specifics on how they’ll pay for them. And of course tax cuts get votes.

  5. David Campbell says:

    Just a note. I will be deleting comments from a particular individual who is not adding anything to the conversation. Be advised that I have not deleted a post in over a year but I will not allow this forum to devolve into silly, personal attacks on me. To the person making these comments, feel free to get your own blog and slag me all day but if you post here, keep it about the issues.

    Thank you.

  6. Al Hogan says:

    Screw you! Print my comments!

  7. David Campbell says:

    Please, just stop. It’s not funny anymore. The real ‘Al Hogan’ would not post the drivel you post. I don’t want to cut off your comments but they add no value to the discussion – unless the topic is David Campbell is a jerk.