The People’s Alliance Party is really tapping into a small but poignant populist sentiment. This bit about not wanting to vote for “those who have destroyed us” is taken from a column written by a PANB candidate in the Miramichi.
There in government money spent in the Miramichi than ever before. Almost 20% of total income in the Miramichi comes directly from government transfers – a rate well above most other small urban areas across Canada and that doesn’t include all the non-transfer government spending on new hospitals, roads, whatever in the area.
But the truth is that people don’t want to live in an area that is going down and I feel for that. I want people to fight for their communities.
But I think Mr. Gullison risks falling into the same trap with his focus on “private woodlot owners, farmers, small business, and seniors”. I don’t know enough about the first two on his list to add much to the debate. I am not sure what government policy can drive up the price of private woodlot owner wood. I have said that I think the farming sector in New Brunswick might make a comeback and I support efforts to promote the use of local produce and agricultural products – even at a higher price.
Chronic economic challenges create structural changes in the business environment. We need to forceably change the narrative in the Miramichi and one of the ways that is done is by achieving some measure of economic development success.
I guess the point of this ramble is has government really ‘destroyed’ the Miramichi?