FDR used to use his fireside chats to try and explain to people the big changes he was making to the way their government worked. They were supposed to be a comfortable, relaxing time where the President came into your living room and had a conversation.
Maybe it’s time for Premier Alward to employ this strategy. The finance minister this morning is warning of big cuts to come in order to slay the budget deficit and at the same time there more and more people tell me the government will end up caving on shale gas and impose some kind of ban or at least hold a referendum.
Why would New Brunswick, facing a huge budget deficit and a serious structural challenge to economic growth, be one of the only jurisdictions in the world to ban shale gas?
It is an interesting question, indeed.
For what it is worth, I call for a little more honesty in the debate here.