Desserud makes a good point

Don Desserud nails it in this morning’s TJ:

“I have never had a sense of what Bernard Lord thinks New Brunswick is all about and what kind of province it should be,” Desserud says. “You clearly knew what Louis Robichaud thought this province should be, and you knew what Frank McKenna thought this province was supposed to be and the same, I believe, for Richard Hatfield. I’ve never had that sense from Lord. He seems to be more of an incrementalist. He’s more interested in tinkering with the system and fixing things rather than big vision items.”

This has been my position since about day 201 of the Tory administration in 2000. We definitely do not need ‘incrementalism’. We need visionary leadership. Incrementalism is slowing dragging us down.

Alec Bruce’s column in the T&T also makes a few key points. Talking about the plan to bring back workers to New Brunswick, he says:

Most of the job growth in New Brunswick over the past few years has been in the public sector (hardly compelling evidence of a robust, diversified workforce), and in the white-collar clerical, unskilled blue collar, part-time, and self-employed segments of the private sector.

All of which begs a bigger question. If the premier (assuming he is successful at the polls this month) succeeds over the next four years in repatriating 2,500 workers to New Brunswick, what does he think they’re going to do with themselves once they’ve touched down? Toil behind a grill at the local Burger King? Make beds and clean toilets at a quaint country inn?

Rude & raw but right on the money. Bruce is emerging, in my mind, as having the best sense of economic issues in the province. Of course if his views were opposite of mine, I might have a different opinion :-).

A Letter to the T&T this morning from a Miramichier states:

I believe that the time has come for rural New Brunswick, and especially the riding of Southwest-Miramichi, to end their dependence on the forest industry and develop industries not related to forestry.We have wallowed along, depending on forestry to effectively meet our needs, for the past 100 years or so, but have failed.

The huge surpluses being enjoyed by our provincial and federal governments should be returned to the taxpayer in the form of new industries that pay decent and permanent wages to its employees. The practice of giving millions of dollars in forgivable loans to the giants of the forestry sector must end.

We are sick of hearing this verbiage over and over, and would love to hear some really honest and effective economic news for a change.

I don’t know this Lorne Amos Sr. of Gray Rapids, but I understand his point. Too bad the government doesn’t.

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0 Responses to Desserud makes a good point

  1. scott says:

    I think that it is a good sign that ppl are attacking the Premier at this point in an election campaign as it’s usually a sign that the Opposition has nothing to sell to the province.

    I will be more interested to see what kind of detail is contained in the platform which the liberals still haven’t come out with yet. If they were serious about running this province, like Harper was in running this country, than they would have used the first two weeks (well really three) to showcase what they could do [do better] for this province…not to mention the year leading up to a possible election. New Brunswick’s problems are very complex and real, that is why I am not convinced waiting this long to address them is a very smart move. If you want to govern this province, then show New Brunswickers you stand for something other than being an attack dog.

    Unfortunately for Shawn Graham, he has not done this.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Don’t sell yourself short, this is the spot for the best polical economy in the province. I don’t go to many blogs, and post at even fewer (not that that is a big bonus) but it’s websites like this and Charles Leblanc’s that have gotten me politically active. Once a person looks at the facts and decides to become politically active there is no way to support either of the main parties, except in a very rudimentary way. Anybody who thinks Sean Graham is a ‘visionary’ hasn’t read too many of his comments.

    However, I am less inclined than others to think the Premier needs to be a ‘visionary leader’. Americans and the swiss are right on the money on this-you want vision, you make it yourselves.

    Alec isn’t saying anything you haven’t been saying all along, and neither has the miramichier, however, once again I disagree. If there were no money in resources companies wouldn’t be clamouring all over them. There is BIG money in forestry, the problem is that when forest corporations run that aspect of the government, they simply rape the land as cheap as possible. Dozens of countries are showing how forest management can improve communities by creating jobs and keeping investment and profits local. But a corporation, especially one located in Norway or Bermuda, looks out only for its own interests-thats what companies do. When they are ALLOWED to massacre the forests at giveaway prices (and notice how the embargo in the states was because BC, Ontario and Quebec were ‘subsidizing’ forestry by making stumpage fees too cheap and not set by market forces, yet here we have New Brunswick charging ONE QUARTER of what they do for stumpage fees and the americans or anyone else doesn’t say boo?)

    Everybody knows there is money in resources, even more in oil but a recent study shows that Canada is getting next to no benefit from the oil on the atlantic coast.

    A corporation is very good at efficiency at the worker level (not so much at the administratrive and executive level), which means as technology increases, the benefits of resources diminish. But those investments can be made at the ‘people level’ as easily as at the ‘technology level’. Native forestry does it, indian forestry does it, as do many south american countries. So don’t see resources short, they are something great to build on. That idea is just designed to get people to accept corporate rule and minimal jobs in exchange for massive resource giveaway.

  3. darnstrange says:

    Could you run that by me a few more times.
    Lord likes to fix things.
    mckenna likes to talk
    Hatfield sniff.
    So who more productive?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen these occasional Lord supporters pop up on blogs. Compared to now Hatfield and McKenna’s ‘reign’ were the days of wine and roses. Massive poverty, no training, a decrepit economy. What exactly has Lord ever ‘fixed’?

    As maintained over and over, the only private industry jobs have been in companies that Mckenna brought in, in fact I read an interview with Lord from a few years back, I can’t remember the name of the magazine-it was an IT journal, where Lord pretty much admits that it was Mckenna who did most of these things.

    Hatfield at least had the balls to try bricklyn, that took real guts. McKenna at least sold the province, Lord sold himself.