I wasn’t able to keep up with the news as I should have while I was away the last two weeks but I see now that our old friend Al Hogan had a little bomb shell to lob over the fence. In this editorial he is calling for the elimination of Enterprise Greater Moncton.
I am not going to reproduce the drivel here. As someone who has done work for EGM as a consultant, I am obviously in a conflict of interest here but I am also able to see the organization up close and personal. It does good work and has a professional staff. And, contrary to Hogan’s vitriol, eliminating EGM would be a serious problem to the region’s economic development effort.
It is true that economic development capacity at city hall in Moncton and Dieppe has increased in recent years and clarifying EGM’s role is important but the individual cities cannot act on behalf of the region and when they do invariably one or two of the three municipalities get a free ride. By paying into EGM’s budget, the municipalities each pay a reasonably fair share.
This is classic Al Hogan. Something gets in his bonnet (he probably talked with one disgruntled person) and he makes these sweeping and, in my judgement, silly pronouncements. Think ‘Cath Lab’, think toll highway, and a list a mile long.
And then he uses the power of the pen to beat the issue to death – many times to the detrement of the region.
I hope his call for EGM’s elimination is ignored and I also hope he drops it as one of his little pet issues.