Archive for August, 2011

We are called a have not province, and really is it any wonder.

We have not got the old Number 5 Military supply base, the feds closed it.

We have not got any of our CN Rail shops repair yards, the feds closed them all.

We will not have our own Blood supply depot, the feds are closing that.

We will not have the Gun Registry, the feds are closing that.

This list can go on and on.

The feds decided to use Point Lepreau as an option to figure out how to rebuild nuclear plants at a cost some figure to be close to a million dollars a day in power required to be purchased, the fed’s have shown no inclination to pay back our “donation” to their education.

Two cities in New Brunswick are the only two cities served by RCMP in Canada that do not get a subsidy to pay for the difference between a local and the more expensive federal force (In Moncton this works to a tune of close to a million dollars a year) The fed’s wont even discuss giving this back.

And yes the provincial government does everything it can to help this process.

The provincial governments have allowed most of the mills in this province to close while the companies harvest the wood and take it out of province (or country) to be processed.

The Provincial Government has allowed natural gas to be pulled from our ground without the benefits of much in the way of royalties, minimal NB employees and let’s not forget processing is done outside of the NB borders.

We as the people of New Brunswick do need to step up to the plate. The federal and provincial governments are the reason we are a have not province, they try to shame us into allowing hazardous practices to be done in an unregulated manner, with little or no royalties paid because “we are a have not province” and so we have to try to get ahead. They fork over millions to large (politically connected) corporations “because we need the jobs here, we can’t have them leave” but we are a have not province.

We as a people need to tell the government in no uncertain terms that we will no longer be treated like a piece of dirt. For every job you take from us and give to another province, YOU WILL GIVE TWO BACK. We are no longer your source of paying off your friends in corporations and your loyal voters in another province. We are a viable province. OR WE WERE UNTIL YOU RIPPED US OFF.

BACK OFF THAT WHICH IS OURS IS OURS, THAT WHICH YOU HAVE TAKEN FROM US YOU WILL GIVE BACK.

In an article discussing a meeting regarding changes to the Regional Health Authorities  Égalité santé en français actually completely misinterprets the rights that are offered in the constitution regarding services for Anglophones and Francophones in this province.

The group which promotes equal services for Acadians in health care  suggest that bilingual health care systems violate the rights of Francophones. He also went on to indicate that Francophones had a right to a French health system the same as Anglophones had a right to an English health system while admitting that everyone was entitled to services in their own language within either health system.

There are two problems here. First off is that the constitution only actually guarantees Duality of Service in the Education department and not specifically in any other department, which means that essentially the “right” to a French health authority does not in all actuality exist. Secondly because both health authorities are actually obligated to provide services in the language of choice of the patient, (and I can personally attest that the French system does this well, at least where I live) then the only people served by this separation of health authorities is the staff and administration as the patients should be getting the same level of care in either case.

I would instead suggest that there is a better option available. This option would take into account the necessity of protecting the rights of the Francophones and Anglophones based on the design of the elected and appointed portion of the boards.

While we are presently looking at reducing the number of representatives on the board to 15 per board I would suggest we can change this by moving to a single health authority and therefore a single board.

I would recommend 8 appointed representatives of which 4 would be Francophone and 4 Anglophones to be chosen in a manner such that they were spaced around the province. The elected portion would be split into districts similar to the 8 previous districts and would be voted on such that one Francophone and one Anglophone representative where chosen per district.

This is my recommendation to improve the current health act. By consolidating it to one health authority there would be the ability to reduce the size of the administration (this is a major requirement). All communications to hospital staff could easily be done in the language of the staff members choice.

The Cons(tant) Attack on Students

For some reason the Cons seem to like to attack students.  While saying that the new parental contribution law will not affect that many students Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Martine Coulombe also says that it will save close to 1.6 million. Now using the estimate of 37 thousand debt when a student leaves school and assuming a 4 year course we are talking 9 250 per year now lets do that basic math in the extreme if parental contribution was to be 100% 1.6 million would actually affect approx. 173 students now with about 22450 post secondary students that would be almost 1% of the student population affected by this. Now change that to the fact that in all likelyhood most of these students would be only looking to their parents for 10% and that instead makes it closer to 10% of our student population that is affected by this decision.

Now it is unrealistic to expect that many parents would be forced to pay more then 10% of their child’s tuition but that is a significant amount in all reality. I, myself was caught in this trap when I was younger. My parents were expected to make a contribution to my post secondary education and it was not mathematically possible. They did not actually have the disposable income to actually put towards my education and due to this any idea of attempting post secondary education was disposed of before I even entered high school. Being faced with this proposition caused me to reduce the amount of effort I put into my school work in high school and therefore caused me to miss out on opportunities that if I were better prepared might have been available for me.

This is the problem. This announcement is not only affecting the students in university this year, it also affects those students who are looking at deciding which high school courses they are choosing as they prepare for graduating from high school. Students entering grade 9 are going to have to look at this message and look at their parent’s income and they are going to have to base their high school courses on the likelyhood of their parent’s being required and/or being able and/or being willing to make the necessary parental contribution. Students who make the assessment that their parents either can not or will not make this contribution will have to choose courses that will allow them to succeed after high school without a university degree instead of preparing themselves for a post secondary education and a preferred feild of employment.

This government is not only affecting those students in school this year but is also affecting those looking at the next four years of high school. Even if this program is removed after one year it is going to negatively affect 5 years of students because this decision is going to force students to make decisions that they should not be forced to make at this age.

We as a province needs to do better and this stance by the province is absolutely unacceptable. The Cons need to take a good solid look in the mirror and see if they are comfortable with the person looking back at them, because I know that if it was me I would be incredibly embarrassed at what I was doing to they young people in this province.

Cons: We’re Being “Secretly” Accountable

The New Brunswick Conservative government is proving they really are no different then the Harper Conservatives at a federal level.

Everything is on a “need to know” basis and apparently the public does not “need to know” how much is spent on special patronage pensions or how much they paid to defend and then walk away from the Health Authority language lawsuit.

I do agree this is a reasonable position personally, I mean realistically what business does the voter have expecting to know what the government is spending their tax dollars on, Where does the voting public actually get off demanding accountability in patronage pensions (I am assuming at this point you can actually smell the sarcasm).

This government has done nothing but hide things from us or lie to us since the day they took office. Correction, They have done nothing but hide things from us or lie to us, EVER. Not once have they opened their mouth and actually allowed the truth to pour out. While Shawn Graham and his government almost destroyed our province, The Alward Government is doing their best to finish the job the liberals started.

Their has been less accountability from the Alward government then there has been in ANY previous government in this province and it shows no signs of improving.

We need accountability in our government and it needs to start NOW.

This message needs to be heard loud and clear by the Alward government.

WE THE PEOPLE OF THE PROVINCE OF NEW BRUNSWICK EXPECT YOU TO ACT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE PROVINCE AND IT’S PEOPLE AND TO PUT YOUR OWN SELF-INTERESTS AND THE SELF-INTERESTS OF YOUR CORPORATE MASTERS ON THE BACK SHELF OR RISK THE CHANCE OF LOSING YOUR RIGHT TO SIT IN THE SEATS YOU FEEL YOU ARE ENTITLED TO.

Weirdness in the Regional Health Authorities

I have found a few things that absolutely confuse me regarding services in the regional health authorities that boggles my mind.

Now when the regional health authorities were originally set up they were both designated bilingual. Today they are now designated as one being French and one being English. The issue I have with this is that both health authorities are required by law, and as part of the Regional Health Authorities Act (the same act that designates each as being separate languages) to offer services in both official languages.

So we have two health authorities each required to offer services in both official languages, which I agree with totally, but designated officially as one being French and the other being English. What exactly is the purpose of this designation, other then shutting down a lawsuit.

Essentially both health authorities are mandated by law to provide exactly the same level of service in both languages, and yet we need two, one designated for each language. What exactly is the need and purpose of these designations.

I believe we as a province would be better served if there was either one health authority serving the entire province, or if there is an issue of making sure no one gets left out and ignored, one of these health authorities should be designated for the northern portions of the province and the other for the southern portions. The reason I would suggest this separation rather then a separation based on language is that the sector that gets the least attention when it comes to health care is the northern part of the province and by designating a separate health authority for the northern section, we would allow this health authority to focus it’s entire energy on making certain that this area was covered.

I do believe the bilingual designation for the two health authorities was the correct one and I feel the lawsuit and capitulation by the government of the day (liberals if I understand the time frames correctly) was a large waste of money and does nothing but increase the divisions between the two groups. This is something that we must do everything in our power to discourage and wipe out. We must recognise that everyone in this province is equal and treat them all as one equal body. This body is called NEW BRUNSWICKERS.