I should begin this article by providing my usual disclaimer: I have never been a member of any political party, federal or provincial. I have voted in every municipal, provincial and federal election and consistently vote for the person I feel is best qualified to represent the public interest.
Frankly I’ve never understood the position taken by many folks: I was born a Liberal, NDP or Conservative and I will die the same. Specifically, in New Brunswick could anyone tell me the real position difference between the two major parties, the Liberals and the Conservatives? For the past several terms each have made promises that either can’t be kept or have put us deeper and deeper in the hole to the tune of $13 billion dollars and counting.
That’s works out to over $17,000 for every man woman and child. That figure should be a wake up call to every voter, all those promises are being paid for by OUR credit card and the annual interest payments are costing “US” the taxpayers close to $700 million a year in interest payments. For anyone with a calculator that’s over $900 dollars per person per year. The partisan politics, insanity and lack of political accountability has to stop! There is no free lunch. Unfortunately New Brunswick, unlike Greece, can’t go to the IMF ( International Monitory Fund) looking for a financial bailout.
Term after term we have seen political positioning put before the interest and well being of the New Brunswickers, each party promising yet more and more in an effort to gain power.
“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty” These wise words were spoken by George Washington in his farewell presidential speech.
Partisan politics and irresponsible promises has and continues to destroy New Brunswick’s financial viability. Partisan politics has to go. We the people of New Brunswick can, with strong leadership and responsible government pull ourselves back from a financial brink.
How do we do that?
The other night I was encouraged to attend an information session put on by a candidate for the leadership of the PC party, Blaine Higgs. Anyone that knows me knows that I am more that skeptical when a politician takes the podium. I have written article after article showing politicians at the bottom of the “Most Trusted” list of professions. They usually show up on the list about I notch above used car salesmen. The sad truth is politicians don’t have a high trust factor.
Although Blaine Higgs is running for the leadership of the Conservative Party I don’t see him as a politician, after listening to him and checking his record I see him as a “pragmatician” – a problem solver. Higgs sees New Brunswick as an $8 billion dollar business that has to be run like a business. After spending 33 years in the business world he sees the need for greater accountability by every government department by every government employee. As a person who has operated a business for over 35 years that makes a hell-of-a-lot more sense to me. There is no slick razzle dazzle with Higgs, just common sense. I see Blaine Higgs as the Bernie Sanders, a man of on a mission, a man with passion and purpose. It’s an up hill climb but with public support he can do it.
So where does that leave me with my typical non-committal political positioning? This announcement should have more than a few heads spinning.
For the first time in my life I am going to make a political donation. I am going to become a voting delegate so that I can be part of choosing a believable trustworthy “leader” with passion and courage to make the difficult decisions that will put New Brunswick on the road to recovery.
I’m for Higgs, how about you?