I have a lot of respect for guys like Roger Melanson and Chris Collins but I worry that a good Liberal economic development policy is being co-opted by raw realpolitik.
While Melanson was out a few days ago with a call to arms on economic development, his Liberal colleagues were railing against shale gas development and the insurance industry.
If the Liberals were smart they would have a nuanced view on this stuff. The insurance industry has been expanding in New Brunswick. TD Insurance has piled on the jobs in Saint John and Moncton has seen more growth in insurance jobs than any other city east of Ontario in the past few years (Allstate, Cooperative, Wawanesa, etc.). Of course, we need to have a proper regulatory environment that protects the consumer but also allows companies to make a decent return on investment but that should be achievable without publicly piling on the industry like Chris Collins did this week.
They used to say the Liberals ‘run from the left’ and ‘govern from the centre’ whatever that means. I would recommend they take a more nuanced approach to their economic development thinking particularly if there are serious as was intimated in the Melanson op/ed.