I only met him a couple of times – he invited me to lunch one time to talk about economic development when he was an opposition MLA. I think he was certainly one of the Liberals strongest Cabinet ministers and I suspect he will be missed.
I ran into a couple of business leaders yesterday on the street and they both talked about the importance of having a strong and capable Cabinet. One suggested we cut the number of MLAs to 30 and pay them a decent wage. I know there are people that complain that MLAs make too much money but they make far less than most lawyers, doctors and even senior civil servants.
In the USofA, it’s mostly millionaires that go into politics. I read that over 80% of Senators are millionaires. That takes the money issue off the table. However, in New Brunswick the ‘millionaires’ aren’t running for politics so I think we need to offer a payscale that would attract top talent. We are asking them to run a $7 billion/year organization with something like 40,000 direct and indirect employees.