Why the Libs should care about regional development

I posted before that Michael Ignatieff is the only leader among the Liberal pack to have made regional economic development a major plank in his platform. I was told that Dion also talked about regional economic development but I couldn’t find anything.

The Federal Liberals may have done great things for Canada’s economy over the past 12-13 years – I’ll let others more qualified debate that. But they weren’t very good at regional economic development. New Brunswick’s 14 years straight of net out-migration started the year Jean Cretien came into office.

I know that Libs will blame other factors but the reality is that federal spending on regional economic development as a percentage of the budget has gone steadily downward in the past 13 years.

I’m not being malicious or partisan here. I hope both the Conservatives and the Libs get serious about regional economic development. I hope they fight over who as the best plan for development.

Right now Iggy gets the nod for me.

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  1. scott says:

    I posted before that Michael Ignatieff is the only leader among the Liberal pack to have made regional economic development a major plank in his platform.

    Here’s a couple of quotes from another leadership [well kinda] contender;

    “Iron rusts from disuse,” he said at 12 years of age. “Stagnant water loses its purity. And inaction saps the vigour of the mind. To be successful one must be ready for hard work, must have integrity and must have a good attitude. If you have the will to win, you’ve achieved half your success. If you don’t have the will to win, you’ve achieved half your failure.”

    “Had his friend Frank McKenna — the former New Brunswick premier and former Canadian ambassador to Washington — decided to run, Mr. Brison would never have entertained the thought. What he would like to do is emulate Mr.
    McKenna, to change the way a province thinks about itself as well as how the country thinks of the province, only he would wish to do it to Canada as a
    nation: change how Canadians think about themselves, change how the world thinks of Canada.”

    There is a really good chance that all of Brison’s delegates (plus McKenna) will be in Iggy’s camp come December. Not a bad threesome to hash over economic development. Still, not as good as the economist sitting in 24 sussex though. LOL

  2. scott says:

    Btw, did you see Brison’s numbers in the maritimes? Wow!! Most of his 102 delegates or 7 per cent were from this region. I am a tory, but if anybody doubts McKenna’s ability to bring together and deliver key liberals, business people and stakeholders, you better give your head a shake. If he had of thrown his hat into the ring, I’m sure he would have had the rolodex to successfully organize and win other parts of the country as well.

    Like Craig Oliver said, this Liberal leadership race is truly a battle of B team members. I think their rank and file are starting to get back on their feet, but I sense they don’t know where they truly stand. The winner of this thing is going to get thumped come next spring.