Rereading my column this morning I realize that maybe I have been drinking too much of the Christmas elixir. Of course, I take it sans booze but it still seems to be having some effect. Here is the offending line from the column:
Critically, we should attempt to garner bi-partisan support in the Legislature for any new long-term vision. In fact, it would be helpful if the vision put forward by the Alward government was developed and published by a bi-partisan committee of MLAs. The government and opposition parties could (and should) vigorously debate the best tactics to achieve the vision, but they would all agree on the broad outline.
I forgot this is New Brunswick and if McKenna proposed it Lord must be against it and if Lord proposed it Graham must be against it and if Graham proposed it Alward must be against it and if Alward proposed it than Murphy must be against it.
I used to talk about how the basic formula for the Irish economic miracle was hatched with a whitepaper in the 1950s and the broad outline was followed by successive governments through the 2000s. Too bad the Irish banks decided to blow up the economy over there by exposing themselves to billions in toxic assets alongside a massive housing bubble. The underlying FDI, entrepreneurial and R&D mix in Ireland was truly amazing.
Maybe I am just too cynical. Maybe there could be a bipartisan ‘vision’ committee that would come up with the next iteration of a broad ‘plan’ for NB. Then the parties could haggle over the best way to achieve the broad vision (i.e. substantial new biz investment, repopulation of a younger demographic, productivity/innovation agenda, etc.).
As governments changed hands, this broad outline would remain in place.
Yeah, that’s crazy talk.