I have been thinking about that new political party after reading the TJ article yesterday.
I know I have been banging on this drum a lot lately but it is a fundamental issue for me. I need to get my head around how New Brunswickers – Minto-based pastors no less – can watch a steady stream of data go by about New Brunswick having the least healthy population (the article yesterday about NB having the least active teenagers of all 10 provinces as an example), the least educated population, one of the worst performing economies, etc. – and hardly say boo but when a government tries to, it seems in good faith, address a looming crisis in electricity generation – we get unprecedented outrage, community mobilization, coffee shop anger and, yes, even new political parties.
Where are the new political parties forming as a result of the outrage about things that matter? If anyone really believes the ultimate ownership of NB Power is more important than our heath or education or economic development, I grant they have the right in a democracy but that shows pretty screwed up priorities to.
I’d like to see the mobilization on these other far more important issues but for some reason that continues to elude me people seem to think that other stuff is somehow inevitable while stopping the fascist pillage of NB Power is a righeous cause.
If you want to know why the vast majority of NB communities are losing population or why New Brunswick ranks so low on so many economic and social measurements – look no further. We are a province that is hard wired to accept our fate – to the point we will fight any effort to change it.