Tom Mann is Executive Director of the New Brunswick Union of Public and Private Employees and in this commentary he calls for a new approach. The problem is that I have read this thing three times and I can’t find even a hint of what he is proposing. Here are some highlights:
In New Brunswick, we need to look at new ways and means. What we were told to believe was the right strategy over the last 30 years has not provided true long-term solutions to economic sustainability in this province.
The government should be asking themselves not “How much money do we need to save?” but “How effectively do we deliver on our mission and make a distinctive impact, relative to our resources?”
We have a golden opportunity to restructure New Brunswick through sound public policy in the interest of ourselves, our families, our neighbours and our communities. Good public policy will require a new political will in this province.
Mann is looking to protect the interests of the public service. That’s his job and bully for him. I would do the same in his position. But it might be nice if guys like Mann actually started looking at the revenue side of the ledger (beyond toll highways which he has recommended). It would be nice if the union would actually make a statement about the importance of economic development as a tool to generate the tax revenue to pay for the public service.
That’s likely never going to happen.