I think politicians are making a mistake when they measure the value they bring to a community based on the $$s they pour in. Jack Keir’s commentary today is all about the goodies. For me, it would have been interesting to hear Keir talk about provincial efforts to support economic development – rather than a laundry list of new buildings, road improvements, etc.
That being said, the medical school in SJ could be a game changer. It’s too early to say for sure but it could be a foundation which a life sciences sector strategy can be developed.
The value that government provides to a community should be – must be – more than just as a bank for infrastructure projects. That’s a zero sum game. There is a limited pot of money and a lot of hands out.
If Keir had showed his commitment to Saint John by talking about the companies and new industries that are growing in Saint John as a result of effective new public policies, that would have made sense to me.