I’m sitting here at a provincial chess tourny. The parents are packed in like sardines. I have heard anti-French Immersion, anti-French language accommodation, anti-NB Power sale, anti-Finn report (yes, mentioned by name) and anti education reform – and it’s only 10:30 am. We are here until 3 pm. Oh and the capper is that the two loudest voices are government employees.
I hope my Ipod batteries don’t give out. Maybe I should join the debate. Maybe this is where it must be enjoined.
Not today B. Cockburn on the ipod is all I can muster.
It’s a day later (Sunday) and I just want to add a quick postscript to my Blackberry post above. It seems to me that (as I have said many times before) we need need to have a conversation with NBers about what kind of province they want to live in. It seems to me that most folks are perfectly happy with the status quo in New Brunswick. They view it as a kind of unalterable reality. NB is what it is – for better or worse. If you have oil your economy grows, if not you get New Brunswick.
If you could have a conversation – a very wide one- where you were able to convince folks that New Brunswick could be a place where the economy is growing, where all regions of the province are strong, where the population is growing and more folks are moving in than out. Where incomes are growing above average, where new industries are taking hold, where entrepreneurs are growing exciting new companies and national and multinational firms.
If you could cast that vision and get people to at least believe it is possible (think Moncton circa 1985) then maybe these other broad public policy issues that are so contentious would at least be given some basic goodwill by the public. Right now just about anything involving change is met with the pitchforks. The water is poisoned and I think it will take – somehow – this broader conversation to bring back the goodwill.