You have to feel a little sorry for Graham

Politics is a tough business at the best of times but when the only English language newspaper covering 1/3 of the province has a direct agenda to aggressively support your opposition’s platform at all costs, it makes things quite hard indeed.

I, of course, am talking about Al Hogan at the T&T and his unyielding and passionate support for Premier Lord.

Today’s We Say goes beyond the bounds of rational and thought provoking editorial and, once again, is planted squarely in the realm of political propaganda – quite literally as if it was written by the Premier’s Office itself.

Talking about S. Graham’s strategy to move a few Dept. of Energy jobs from Freddy Beach to Saint John, Al calls it “…crass political pandering” and systematically turns a benign policy position in to a Saint John vs. Fredericton issue and enflames age old frustrations between the cities in New Brunswick – all for transparent propaganda purposes.

Shame on Al Hogan for using such language and stirring up resentment where none is necessary.

Saint John officials have been lobbying government (including the Mayor, former PC cabinet minister Norm Macfarlane) for years to put a tiny amount of resources to supporting the energy cluster in Saint John. But this has fallen on deaf ears. Now Graham comes along with a very simple proposal (moving 0.00001% of the government jobs from Fred to SJ) meaning a small handful of jobs – directly related to Saint John’s most important industrial sector – and the T&T wants to blow it into a massive controversy.

When the Feds wanted to move jobs from Ottawa to the regions, Al was for this. When the provincial Libs want to put a tiny number of jobs directly in the market where the work is, Al calls it “…crass political pandering”.

Frankly, I’d like to see Shawn Graham win the election just to show Al Hogan that he can’t dictate who wins elections based on the We Say section of his newspaper. I would like to think that the average Moncton resident that reads that rag could see right through his motives, but maybe not.

If there is any cosmic justice in the world….