Paradox of politics

PM Harper & Shawn Graham with self-described wonderful relationship = $400 million for road upgrades (about the same the feds gave over the past five years).

PM Harper & Rodney MacDonald with deep resentment on both sides = $1.2 billion Frigate upgrades

PM Harper & Lorne Calvert – Calvert is suing Harper over Equalization = $$ hundreds of millions for biofuel sector development.

Hmmmm.

NB gets about the same road funding as before.

NS and SK get hundreds of millions of new federal government investment – in key sector development areas.

Now for those of you who like highway funding. Those who say you need roads to generate economic development, I say this. Northern Maine. Some of the best four lane highways you have ever seen and essentially no economic development four a hundred miles.

I don’t like all this shuffling of funding and then announcing it as new funding. Tourism funding for the Fundy Trail – out of money already allocated to ACOA.

Funding for highways – about the same as before.

Dropping COOPERATION and Fed/Prov money, giving to ACOA as innovation money and calling it new money.

But I digress.

What I want to see is that ‘goodwill’ between Graham and Harper to translate into sector development money. Sask. wants biofuels? Fine. We want data centres. $400 million to transform New Brunswick into a North American hub for data centres.

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0 Responses to Paradox of politics

  1. mikel says:

    Nice way to cut through the crap. Too bad THAT wouldn’t appear in the newspapers since obviously Graham is counting on, like Lord, not ‘rocking the boat’. But like they say, politics is no game for kids. Is Graham being naive? If so, its a similar naivete to Lord’s. When you list off all of the protests that have occurred at the legislature since the new government took office I’m thinking that New Brunswickers aren’t any less boat rockers than newfies or bluenosers. It’s just that they can’t find leaders who are actually like them.

    Combine these facts with Alec Bruce’s about the derision with which Harper and other westerners feel for the maritimes (is anybody really surprised?) then clearly this is precisely the WRONG tact to go with the government. One thing thats been proven in canadian politics is that animosity gets results. And the more you bend over for another level of government, the more likely you are to break your back.

    It’s really too bad, because contrary to what others may say, in this case its Graham who is fighting ‘atlantica’. If all provincial leaders would get together on this and pitch a regional plan then perhaps something would be accomplished. In this Graham is helping the federalist cause by the ‘hopes’ of future largesse. Money, by the way, that the feds keep insisting won’t be coming, but Graham ‘remains optimistic’.

    Is that how you pick out a political neophyte or what.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Actually, I believe the Fed’s share of the highway funding is only $207 M as NB puts in the other half.

    Maine’s northern 4-lane highways are the best driving anywhere as there is virtually NO traffic. So I guess if it’s like the chicken and egg scenario of which comes first, then the economic development has to come before the highway.

  3. mikel says:

    I don’t think its chicken and egg. Ask any industry what the difference is between a ‘good’ highway and a ‘great’ highway. Shipping costs I doubt are that much more expensive, there would be a bit of a cost to replace shocks if its horrible. I sincerely doubt we are going to see huge growht in northern maine just because they have highways. In todays technology age it is far more important to have high speed internet and technological infrastructure rather than highways.

  4. NB taxpayer says:

    If you look at some of the money spent by ACOA and Canadian Heritage recently (in the last 13 days), it’s really hard to distinguish between the two.

    And btw, since when is $500,000 to upgrade an old train station in a slow growth region of the province like McAdam or $500,000 for a soccer stadium in Stellarton, or $500,000 for monuments of dead ppl in a university town with no jobs a good solid investment that will spurn on innovation?

    The short answer is: IT’S NOT!!

    And you wonder why I oppose regional development programs & schemes. I’ll tell you why: because, like the dept. of Canadian Heritage, they are nothing more than a bottomless pit for buying votes in slow growth areas [regions].

    To be honest, I think it’s time to consider abolishing ACOA for something that works…
    like deeper tax cuts for all business across the region.

  5. mikel says:

    There is zero evidence that lower tax cuts for business will do anything, in fact, as often pointed out right here, taxes are among the lowest in canada, yet the results of that is the worst in canada.

    Those numbers given amount to nothing compared to lost revenue in lower taxes. ‘Across the board’ tax cuts are the worst thing that can be done. If you own a pizza parlour in city x you have a certain number of clientele. Is a tax break going to make a difference? Not at all.

    The McAdam project is at least a viable investment. This community group has put tons of hard work into this project, and the government ignores them. Tourism IS a resource, and this is quite a valid one, however, I would tend to agree that the feds should put money through Heritage funding for that.

    But again, if you want solutions then all you have to do is ask people. I mentioned before that McAdam was one of the few municipalities to have a community forestry model, but the province prefers to hand over all the wood for the corporations.