In my favourite movie, Casablanca, Rick tells Ilsa that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this world (or something similar). In the less famous Hot Shots, Charlie Sheen says “but this is our hill and these are our beans” (or something similar).
Every time I travel I am reminded of how small New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada is in the big picture. It’s not hard to understand why national politicians or even senior bureaucrats mostly ignore the region. It’s tiny and somewhat marginal.
However, it’s our hill and our beans. We need local politicians, community and business leaders to step up and take on our challenges – economic, demographic, etc. It may not mean much in the big picture but it means a lot to the people in Moncton or Woodstock or Campbellton.
And ultimately, a country is a collection of provinces, cities, regions. If enough of them suffer it brings down the lot.