Friday, September 15, 2006

FREDERICTON HARVEST JAZZ AND BLUES ROCKS THIS WEEKEND!!!!


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HOW CAN WE FORGET ALL THIS TOMFOOLERY BY BERNARD LORD AND COMPANY????


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FOUR MORE YEARS OF THIS???


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You again???


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Shawn Graham - I know I voted to ban you from the Legislature. Maybe we can do the same for the City???


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Claudette Bradshaw in Fredericton!!!


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Attitude of the New Brunswickers voters???


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Shawn Graham walked by and this guy never even blink!!!

Can Rick Miles beat Brad Green?


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Terry Andow wearing red???? He's a powerful individual from the Bernard Lord team!!!


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QUEBECOIS SECURITY STAFF BANNED CLOWN FROM THE NEW BRUNSWICK LEGISLATURE!!!!


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I'll write more about this issue tonight!!!! This happen this afternoon!!!

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Who's the next clown to be ban from the New Brunwick Legislature? Bernard Lord????

ATV NEWS GETTING READY FOR THE DEBATE LAST NIGHT!!!


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I was going to take another picture for the before and after picture but this guy stop me. Does someone know him???


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Guess who was standing close by? This guy!!! Saw him this afternoon and if looks could kill? I would be dead!!! He works from the Premier office. He's like me...he always have both hands in his pockets...

Bernard Lord has the wrong style...


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While walking towards these two voters? He never stop and to shake their hands. Not good for a politcian who wants to be Premier.

I could have followed them and take pictures but I decided to leave them alone.

Yahoo account won't allow me to send updates in a group!!!

Maybe someone from the Bernard Lord made a complaint to Yahoo that I was a spammer??? Oh well....people will have to come to this blog on their own I guess???

Last night, husband and wife seem to be marching to the same beat!!!!


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I wouldn't mind joining the ATV team!!!!!...lol


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NEW BRUNSWICKERS MUST NOT FORGET KIM JARDINE!!!!


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Any P.C. candidates who loses the election and Bernard Lord wins? They will be appointed to a high paying job even if they have no experience!!!!

BERNARD LORD- WHAT AM I GOING TO DO AFTER MONDAY EVENING??? WHO TRULY KNOWS????


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FRANK MCKENNA WON MY CONTEST IN 1993!!!!


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While giving out my prediction for the Provincial election? I got a little flashback.

I went back to the year of 1993.

It was the Federal election and guess what?

In those days, I was writing updates to a huge email list so you can say that I have been in this hobby for a very long time.

So I started a contest asking the people on my list to make a prediction on the Federal election?

I had around 30 people who replied to my email and guess who won???

FRANK MCKENNA HIMSELF!!!!

Yes, the Premier of the day join in the contest.

This is the reason that I respected Frank McKenna so much.

He would reply to your email.

To make matter worst. I was watching the news on television and I saw Frank showing the media that he won the contest!!!

I laughed when I saw that.

So, look at this situation. I was working at the Shipyard and I was still writing those stupid updates in 1993.

Now we’re in 2006 and I’m still going the same hobby!!!

But in this case??? IT’S BLOGGING!!!!

I will post a contest Sunday and maybe everyone can post their predictions.

Hey? Maybe Frank McKenna reads this blog and he could join in also????

Who knows who reads this blog????

BERNARD LORD SHOULD INDEED BE ASHAME OF HIMSELF!!!!!


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THIS IS HOW BERNARD MAKES CERTAIN THAT NEW BRUNSWICKERS COMMITS SUICIDE!!!


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BERNARD LORD REFUSE TO MEET THESE PEOPLE!!!


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Shawn Graham was there and I pointly asked- Hey Shawn if you would be Premier? Would you have came out and meet these people?

He answered- Probally not but I would have made certain someone was here!

Pretty honest answer if you asks moi?

Maybe bloggers will truly play a role during the next election???


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BERNARD LORD- Please New brunswickers I promise that I will be a good boy for the next four years!!!!


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BERNARD LORD - Promises, promises and more promises but what they really mean???


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STEVE MURPHY- EVERY INSTANCE A NEW MEDIA COMES TO THIS PROVINCE? IT WILL BENEFIT ALL NEW BRUNSWICKERS!!


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I went out of way today to meet Steve Murphy the anchorman from ATV News.

I know the guy is busy so it had to be quick.

He was very interested in the new wave of journalism of blogging but I wasn’t present for that issue.

I know he worked at CFBC and I wanted his views on the cancellation of talk of the town?

He was sadden to hear the news and the bottom line it hurts New Brunswickers.

He put it sort of like this - Every instance a new media that arise in this Province. It will benefit all New Brunswickers!!! < This included Blogging >

I might add that he said it’s sad that Saint Johners never longer have a talk show. It hurts the citizens in that area that they cannot listen about different concern issues in that area.





It was the first time that I had a chat with Steve and I found him a very nice guy.

I might add that he told me that he visits my blog every few weeks.

Too bad the conversation couldn’t have lasted longer because it was a very interesting conversation.

A reader views on the Liberal plateform!


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1. Undertake a comprehensive review of the Workplace Health, Safety and
Compensation Commission (WHSCC).

This means they have no idea what they will do, or else they
don't
want to say. But they know there is quite a bit of outrage over this
department, so hopefully just mentioning it will make some headway.
Once
again, there is no reason they can't actually say what they will do.

2. Take stronger measures to ensure the security of private sector
pension
plans, including improved oversight by the Supervisor of Pensions and closer
monitoring of underfunded private pension funds.

Aimed directly at Nackawic, this issue shows exactly what can
happen
when you have an unregulated marketplace. However anybody that thinks
'underfunded private pension funds' just need "closer monitoring"
obviously
don't have one.



3. Institute mandatory coroner's inquests for workplace fatalities.



NEW: This is actually a big step forward. Workplace, and in fact
fatalities
in general are seriously unstudied in the province. More people die
from
workplace accidents in Canada than in Great Britain, and it has ten
times
the population. Any effort here is a step, but it hooks into the above
'study' of the WHSCC. Better regulation so that companies can't get
away
with the stuff in the first place is a start, and better legislation so
that
lawsuits can be initiated would be nice.



4. Establish regular meetings between the Premier, Cabinet Ministers
and
union leaders.



Nothing new there


LIBERAL PARTY PLATFORM -



1. Offer a one-time grant of $2,000 to every full-time, firstyear New
Brunswick student entering a provincial university.



NEW Unlike some other posters I don't agree that this is a bad idea.
In
fact, back in the day this was par for the course. The feds, with
their
massive surplus should be paying this, but this is a provincial
election.
This also guarantees that those who flunk out first year aren't
burdened
with huge debt because they made a mistake in what they thought they
wanted
to do.





2. Establish the NB Hopes Scholarship program that will cover a portion
of a
continuing students' tuition based on need.



There are already a number of scholarshop programs out there, how
much
this will be for remains to be seen. Paying a larger portion of a
Universities cost would be much more welcome.



3. Remove the assessment of parental and spousal income from student
loans.


I may be wrong but I think this was already done. If not, its NEW
and
is a big deal.



4. Offer a tax rebate to students who complete postsecondary education
and
choose to stay in, or return to, New Brunswick.



You have to have a decent size rebate here to make that worthwhile.
And
if there is no job for you anyway, a tax rebate isn't going to be much
help.

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LIBERAL PARTY PLATFORM -

1. Endorse and implement the recommendations and timelines outlined in
the
MacKay Report.



Thats a big issue there with a lot of meat in it. If they are are
planning on implementing all the recommendations that a big deal but
one too
big to comment on here.





2. Within one year, establish a new formula to determine funding for
students with special needs in our schools.



How about saying 'increased funding for special needs' or
something? Every child is unique, you don't need a formula, you need the resources
to
make sure every kid gets through school with the required education.



3. Within one year, establish a Provincial Learning Disabilities
Strategy
focusing on earlier identification of learning disabilities and
increased
access to treatment and support services.



Again with the strategies. How about telling what the strategy
is?



4. Ensure funding support for schools to reduce class size in
compositionally challenging classrooms.



So now suddenly the 'worst to first' only means certain class sizes
get
reduced? How about saying 'we will reduce class sizes to no more than
ten'
(which many states have done)



5. Implement the recommendations of the Interdepartmental Committee on
Autism.



See 1. However, I've never seen a government adopt all
recommendations
of any report, perhaps this will be different, but I doubt it.


LIBERAL PARTY PLATFORM - Part 17



1. Develop increased opportunities for professional development.



In other words suck up to teachers more and hire more as
administrators.



2. Work with the New Brunswick Teachers Federation to enhance and
enforce
the Student Code of Conduct that emphasizes respect for teachers and
gives
students an environment suited for learning free of bullying and
harassment.



No saying how exactly they are going to do that. Sounds like a
'throw
the bums out of school when they get rowdy' line, however, what do you
do
with them when they aren't in school?



Keep in mind that for education the liberals need to spend a quarter
billion dollars to go from 'worst to first'.

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LIBERAL PARTY PLATFORM -


1. Appoint a Commission on Post-Secondary Education that will examine
the
higher education needs of New Brunswickers.


Duh, If they don't know that by now they shouldn't even be
running.
Spend five minutes with a university administrator and a student
representative and you've got your answer. Just look what wonders the
"Commission on Legislative Democracy" produced.



2. Authorize the Standing Committee on Education to invite university
officials to outline their plans, priorities and financial needs on an
annual basis.



Same old, same old.



3. Work with the federal government to establish a dedicated transfer
for
post-secondary education that is adequate, stable, and predictable.



And click your heels together three times while your at it.



LIBERAL PARTY PLATFORM -

1. Add 12,000 new spaces at the New Brunswick Community College over
five
years.



I'm not aware that there are huge numbers clamoring to get into CC
that
can't get in because of space, but I'm no expert. If so, then this is
NEW
and those are a lot of bums in seats. However, are the jobs there
once they graduate?





2. Introduce a new vision for the New Brunswick Community College
including:

a. a comprehensive provincial inventory of skills and skill
requirements;

b. improved access in rural New Brunswick;

c. access to university-recognized credits in specific

NBCC courses; and,

d. a review process for community college tuitions.

3. Expand distance education opportunities including using

existing infrastructure to expand the current offerings of

Year 1 and 2 university programs at the NBCC Miramichi

campus.

4. Create a new community college campus in Fredericton



This is quite NEW, especially the CC availability in rural New
Brunswick.
For those living there, free rent is always easier than moving to a
southern
city. I was amazed that Miramichi's animation program isn't even
available
online. That's simply insane. Their rationale may be 'get more people
to
move to Mirimichi', but first they need to get as many people taking
courses
as possible and get some cash. Every single course should be available online, which is great in rural areas because you don't even need
infrastructure, you just need to make sure that the people who live
there
can afford internet access. I've heard rumours that its almost $100
per
month for high speed access in rural areas, which is crazy.


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LIBERAL PARTY PLATFORM





1. Establish clear and measurable benchmarks and targets for the
achievement
of pay equity supported by yearly progress updates.



In other words, like the tories, the liberals are too gutless to
actually
force the private sector to enact pay equity policies, something
covered in
Canada's ratification of labour rights. All the 'talk' means they will
procrastinate as long as possible.



2. Ensure that the Pay Equity Act applies to all parts of the public
service.



Its good enough for the government, but for some reason women who
can't
find a job in the government are SOL.




3. Bring together all stakeholders to further address issues raised at
recent public hearings with the goal of extending pay equity to the
private
sector through legislation.



Is a carrot thrown to those demanding equal rights. The issue has
been
around forever, but of course the liberals can't simply say they will
bring
in pay equity. In other words, they will procrastinate as long as
possible.





4. Establish government as a model employer by starting job evaluations
to
extend pay equity to workers providing contracted services to
government.



NEW This remains to be seen but is a big difference from Lords
government
which was cited by the United Nations for its treatment of part time
workers. This is a very important issue which should really be played
up.




I Create the Northern New Brunswick Initiative (NNBI) as a
comprehensive
strategy for the northern and Miramichi regions.



Whether 'new' departments and initiatives accomplish anything is
open to debate. Simply announcing what policy changes will be made in the area
affected is enough, but rarely done. By creating new bureaucracies
government is able to control the information flow, which makes it
easier to
hide failures and tout successes. NB is one of the worst provinces for
access to information, which makes it hard to keep tabs on what is
really
going on. God knows the north needs all the help it can get, but
'initiatives' are not what is needed-concrete proposals is what is
necessary.



2. Assign responsibility for the NNBI to a Minister with an economic
portfolio.



Big whoop. Although some bloggers complain that economic development
should be the main function of ALL departments, so this will please
those
with that view. Unfortunately, a quick view of history shows that many
new
initiatives were initial failures and needed time to establish
themselves.
Just because a minister has an economic portfolio doesn't mean they
know
bubkus about making money.



3. As part of the New Brunswick Infrastructure Program include the
following: a. Develop The Road to Resources/La route des Resources

trade corridor between northern New Brunswick and the United States,
Ontario
and Quebec;

b. Improve Routes 11 and 17;c. Offer cost-free space in all industrial
parks
in the area with a minimum capital investment; d. Continue to develop
the
Port of Belledune; e. Undertake a feasibility study regarding the expansion
of the Belledune Generating Station; and,



Nothing really new there, better highways are typically made as
needed.
Roads aren't that big a deal when you consider that worldwide the
services
sector outweighs the goods sector by about threee to one. Belledune has
had
an expansion in customers, and essentially this is designed to keep
rural
areas hooked on resources and their transportation, guaranteeing that
their
populations will keep leaving.


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LIBERAL PARTY PLATFORM -

1. Implement a book publishing policy to support the artists working
with
the written word, including a new fund to support literary translation;



NEW: No saying exactly what the policy is, which would have been nice.



2. Support the Beaverbrook Art Gallery to prevent the loss of art works
donated to this institution;



No telling what exactly that means. Support can mean just about
anything.


3. Provide assistance to New Brunswick artists and performers seeking
access
to federal support from FACTOR/CTL,VideoFACT, the Canada Council and
other
federally-sponsored cultural funds;



This sounds like a cost sharing program, but 'assistance' can mean
anything. How about funds to start up a New Brunswick television
station
where artists and performers actually have a place to display their
'products'.





4. Ensure the eligibility of cultural entrepreneurs for start-up
capital
that would be available to small businesses in New Brunswick;



NEW: It is hard for new artists to get going, but there's really no
evidence that the kind of start up capital is necessary for cultural
products as for other industries. The province would be better off
simply
providing decent funds to the various film co ops throughout the
province,
which are far better at getting cultural products out there than a
bunch of
bureaucrats and Business NB.





5. Undertake an inventory of architecturally-significant buildings and
communities with a view to identify, protect and promote the common
built
heritage of New
Brunswick;



NEW but not that intrigueing as it stands.



6. Protect and enhance the New Brunswick Provincial Archives as well as
the
public library system throughout New Brunswick; and;



Doesn't say much.



7. Promote heritage tourism sites, such as Kings Landing and Le Pays de
la
Sagouine, as part of New Brunswick's tourism marketing strategy.



Already mentioned.


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LIBERAL PARTY PLATFORM -

1. Commit to establishing a three-year marketing strategy and add $3
million
to the annual tourism marketing budget.

NEW: Adding three million is a new development, although "committing
to
establishing a strategy" is hardly new. Why not present your strategy
so
voters can decide? Tourism is not a cash cow, it provides lousy low
end,
dead end jobs. There is some benefit to it, but just throwing money at
the budget doesn't say much.


2. Invest in tourism and accommodation infrastructure in areas where
there
is an identifiable shortage.

NEW: But 'huh?' What is tourism infrastructure? Giant mascots at the
entrance to every town? Provincially run Bed and Breakfasts? This is
about
the last thing rural areas need. Canadian tourism is increasing
abroad,
while american tourism has been decreasing and will no doubt decrease
still
more as the dollar equalizes and border crossings become a pain in the
ass.

3. Better integrate our summer and winter tourism strategies.

Huh?

4. Pursue an agreement with the federal government to complete the
Fundy
Trail.

Would be interesting, but depends on another party. National Parks
don't
seem a priority right now. They'd be better off telling the cops that
volunteers from the various trail and conservation groups will be
sneaking
in and doing the work, so don't arrest them for trespassing (or else do
it
at night)

5. Examine the feasibility of enhancing Phase 2 of the Village
historique
acadien.

Why they can't examine the feasibility beforehand is beyond me.


6. Promote the 2009 Congr├Ęs mondial acadien in the Acadian Peninsula as
a major tourism event including the development of tourist greeting and
interpretation
infrastructure for the Acadian Peninsula.

No doubt the tories would do this anyway, although the money for
the
enhancements 'may' be a step up. If you ask anybody from the acadian
peninsula about their needs you'll hear a far different response to
'increase nuber of tourist jobs'

7. Work with communities and port authorities to promote New Brunswick
as a
cruise ship destination.

Nothing new there. How about doing like Ontario and taking over
ferry
operations?

8. Renew investments in the New Brunswick trail system.

NEW But hardly earth shattering. Will no doubt depend on how much
money is laying around.

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LIBERAL PARTY PLATFORM -
1. Establish a Department of Fisheries.

NEW So there's a department of agriculture and aquaculture and also
a
department of Fisheries? Clearly the liberals want to expand job
creation
by hiring hundreds more government officials

2. More actively promote innovation, with programs being developed and
administered in each of the regions to address the distinct
opportunities
each region offers.

Doesn't mean much. One comment here is that I know of at least one
group that has been trying to get funding for ages for an inshore scallop
fishery.
If you read Donald Savoie's book on economic development in the Kent
region
you'll see an interesting passage in that the central problem with
planning
has been that while the feds trust the locals, the province alwasy
mucks it
up and refuses to cede power to the region-who usually know better.
These
groups don't need development or administration, they need MONEY. Why
not
just provide that?


3. Work with stakeholders to increase training opportunities in the
seafood
processing sector.

Will provide better UI.


LIBERAL PARTY PLATFORM -

1. Establish a Mining Development Fund to assist in financing:

NEW: (sort of) There are six or seven points there, basically it
all
means they will provide massive handouts and bend over backwards for
mining
companies. Whether that's worth the effort remains to be seen. Mining
companies are quite adept at finding out where the minerals are, and
government handouts don't provide enough incentive to establish
unprofitable
mining operations.

One point of interest was to 'modernize regulations' so that New
Brusnwickers can invest in mining operations.

What is interesting here is what is not said. For example, for
every
mining job in Canada, Canadian taxpayers pay $15,000 of that miners
salary in various forms of subsidies.

If massive amounts of cash is going to be put into an industry,
why in
heaven's name would you pick one as unpredictable as mining? Why not
medical research? Physics? Chemistry? Software design or high tech
manufacturing? The assumption is that there are lots of ex miners
laying
around doing nothing, or else that little traiing is necessary. Bad
news.
Take a look at mining in canada, technology has made a large workforce
unnecessary and ex miners have split for profitable mines in Ontario
and out
west. Why beat that dead horse into the ground? The natural
resource
sector in the province has been dying for decades (at least the
employment
part of it, which we'd assume is all they are interested in), and the
only
way it survives elsewhere is that other industries provide the tax
dollars
to subsidize them, something not available in New Brunswick.

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LIBERAL PARTY PLATFORM -

1. Establish a Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture.

NEW: I'm sure this must be a typo. Without defining its
functions,
this is just hiring more bureaucrats to make life miserable for farmers
of
land and sea.


2. Continue to invest in the research and development of value-added
processing, packaging and market development.

In other words, do the same as tories

3. Enhance the New Entrant Development Strategy to address challenges facing
new farmers.

A little late for that. The comment about abandoned farmland
says it
all. People would be crazy to get into anything other than small scale
organic farming (unless they have a huge bankroll behind them, and who
does?) Just ask a retired farmer about the challenges and see how
likely
it is that Graham is going to go up against McCain.

4. Complete an inventory of abandoned farms and farmland and establish
a
policy on the redevelopment of these properties.

NEW But strange, since they already said that abandoned farms would
be
used for forestry. It seems strange that they can't establish a policy
right now during the campaign on what they plan on doing (if it is
different
from the forestry comment)

5. Maintain policies that support family farms.

Nothing there.

6. Expand the NB Grown marketing program.

NEW Anytime new money or expansion goes into a program it is something
unusual. The other parties involved need to be consulted on how they
would
like to expand to see whether this will happen. Sometimes one groups
needs
goes up against another industry player which makes it less likely they
will
get money for what they want, but instead will just see a bunch of
hired
bureaucrats whose job it will be to oversee a department which meets
nobodies needs.

7. Work aggressively with the aquaculture industry to move forward with
disease management, marketing and product diversification.
Same, although may also mean "we'll have even fewer environmental
regulations than our predecessors"

8. Urge the federal government to introduce a sustainability program
for
aquaculture

Don't hold your breath.

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Liberal Platform - Establish a cabinet committee to work with industry to further
modernize
forestry in the province.

These guys don't need a cabinet committee (don't cabinet members
have
enough to do?) The tories are already bankrolling all the modernize
efforts in forestry. In resource extraction, 'modernize' typically
means
'replace workers with technology'. In New Brunswick, that's hardly a
good
thing. Unions and workers had been arguing for pulp mills to switch to
glossy paper a decade ago, but why would they when they can simply put
on
the poor mouth and have government bankroll new technology? Sure to
piss
off lots of people in other industries and sectors that can't even get
a
meeting with a cabinet minister let alone have a whole committee
dedicated
to them. It's not like UPN or Irving are quiet when they need
something.


2. Undertake the necessary work to implement a forest management plan
for
2007-2012.

Here's a thought, how about use the forest plan the tories threw
in the
garbage? Forest management in NB is a joke. The only positive thing about
this is that the liberals 'may' be thinking that there's no way they
can
actually say what they are going to do, but hopefully just mentioning
forest
management will make enough people give them the benefit of the doubt.
It's highly doubtful Graham has the cajones to stand up to the large
industry players who run the forestry industry.


3. Ensure that there is equitable market treatment for private woodlot
owners.

NEW: This is something that private woodlot owners have been
clamouring
for. Many don't realize it but there are more private woodlot owners
in the
province than their are workers at the UPN mill in Miramichi. In fact,
they
make up a good majority of forestry workers. Putting them out of
business
is not good for business, especially when mill owners are continuously
threatening to leave. People are also not aware that there are lots of
small operators buying wood, which would create a far healthier
industry
than the big players who dictate forest policy.


4. Work with New Brunswick community colleges to provide training for
modernized forestry operations.

The forest industry is shrinking at a rapid rate in the
province.
Providing new workers for a declining industry seems odd. What about
animation, high tech, manufacturing, exporting?

5. Examine options for using abandoned farmland for forestry purposes.

NEW: Opens the door for more lawyers as bureaucrats since previous
land
claims must be settled. How about tossing a bone to natives (which
don't
even get a mention) and providing farmland as token land to nearby reservations until land claims are settled. Natives could then choose
to
farm it for food or for lumber or for other purposes.

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LIBERAL PARTY PLATFORM -
1. Establish a Population Growth Secretariat.

More government jobs. Whether giving a new name to an already
existing
department will actually change anything remains to be seen. The devil
is
in the details. Reminds me of those stores that advertise "we're a
music
store, not a music department".

2. Develop a comprehensive strategy to promote population growth
including
retention of New Brunswick residents, repatriation, immigration and
settlement.

Why wait? Why isn't that strategy part of the campaign? The
tories
'have a strategy', it just isn't working. However, some of the
strategy is
in the other aspects of the platform.


3. Establish a Repatriation Unit within the Population Growth
Secretariat
with a proactive approach to recruiting and matching former New
Brunswickers
with job opportunities in our province.

This sounds like restarting the "NB jobs" website. However,
offering jobs to those who have left for better opportunities elsewhere
is
sure to miff off the unemployed who stayed behind and pay taxes. If
there
were full employment in the province this would make sense, but its not
even close to being the case.


4. Partner with Federal and Municipal governments to:
a. Increase the number of immigrants coming to the province with the
goal of
attracting at least 5,000 people per year by the year 2015;

In other words try to get other levels of government to do their
work.
What is the town of Kedgewick going to be doing to get immigrants?
Flying
the Mayor to China to get immigrants to open a chinese restaurant?

b Establish increased targets for the number of immigrants attracted
under
the Provincial Nominee Program;

Targets doesn't seem to be the problem. The point is, if thousands
are
leaving, why would immigrants stay? Particularly when their
established
cultures are prominent in other areas of the country.


c. Invest in a co-funding arrangement with the federal government to
increase settlement funding support and partner with community based
organizations to
improve local settlement services and increase our retention rate to 80
per
cent by 2015;

While the feds like co funding, that doesn't mean they are going to
hand
out huge amounts of dough. This is already done, oddly enough, through
ACOA
which has a number of such projects. In some cases it has meant
bringing in
africans to rural areas, educating them in forestry of all things, then
giving them jobs that would have gone to New Brunswickers. That's not
how
you build an immigration platform.
d. Increase resources in second language training to meet the needs of
new
immigrants;

More is always better, one wonders why there is such an effort on
immigrants, when a good majority of New Brunswickers only speak one
language. In other words, you bring in and train immigrants to get the
good
bilingual jobs that New Brunswickers are not qualified for.

e. Work with the federal government to offer a threeyear work visa to
international students who graduate from a New Brunswick post-secondary
institution and choose to stay in the province.

Other provinces have tried this and the feds haven't budged.
There's
no reason to think they will now.

An Autism Election Request for Disaffected & Undecided Voters!!!!!!!!!!


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An Autism Election Request for Disaffected & Undecided Voters


I have a request for disaffected, or undecided, voters as they consider whether, or how, to vote on Monday.

You may feel that your vote makes no difference or there is no reason to cast your vote for one party or another.

You may just be having a hard time making up your mind and you may be searching for a good reason why you should vote one way or another.

If this sounds like you then I ask you to consider supporting the cause of autistic schoolchildren by voting Liberal on Monday.

I make this request because I am the parent of two sons, one of whom is profoundly autistic and I am an autism advocate.

I make this request because the Liberal party has made a firm commitment to providing autism training for Teachers' Assistants and Resource Teachers.

The Liberal Party commitment is to provide the nationally recognized UNB-CEL autism training to 100 TA's and Resource Teachers each year for the next 4 years.

With approximately 1000 autistic school children in NB schools this commitment would effectively give autistic schoolchildren a chance at a real education. Neither the Conservatives nor the NDP are making any such commitment.

I am not asking you to donate money or any substantial amount of your time. I am asking you, IF you have not already decided whether or how to vote, or if you see no good reason to vote one way or the other, to consider turning your vote into a real contribution to seriously challenged autistic schoolchildren in New Brunswick by voting Liberal on Monday. You can make a difference in their lives.

Harold L Doherty
Fredericton NB