I attended the Premier’s State of the Province address last night. I think I have attended 8 or 9 of these things over the years and they are mostly the same – a broad rah rah session to convince people things are moving ahead. The speech outlined some interesting points. Graham went out of his way to mentioned a dozen or so local firms but also discussed the expansions of multinational firms here.
I liked his message near the end that the province’s economic progress (self sufficiency) is not just a government thing – it needs to be embraced by the wider population. I don’t think we will every see real change without that broader buy-in.
Even the opposition. Somehow a vision for a new New Brunswick – not all that marketing crap – but serious fundamental change needs to be embraced by the opposition as well.