QSLS Politics

Friday, January 22, 2010

CG vs. DC on business & community

In response to A refreshed social contract
David Campbell - It's the Economy, Stupid.
January 22nd, 2010

It’s a broad topic and I won’t cover it in detail today but I have been thinking lately that we need a new social contract between the business community and government. You will excuse me if I seem a bit incoherent but this is a work in progress in terms of my thinking.

I am in a pretty interesting position in that I get to interact with all sides - government, industry large and small, universities and NGOs in the Atlantic Canadian context and I see a widening gap between them and it is increasing friction.

I’d like the business community to come out strongly and say we don’t mind paying taxes - we realize that we need strong community and social infrastructure for us to have successful businesses so we do not mind paying taxes at all - as long as they are reasonably similar to other similar jursidictions.

I’d also like the business community to be more explicit about corporate social responsibility. A lot of big companies have CSR policies but I’d like to see it far more pervasive. Specific to New Brunswick, I’d like to see our companies (and many do) be far more engaged in broader community objectives. What is the point of having a wildly successful business if the community around it is crumbling?
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Dan Fitzgerald wrote:
"I’d like the business community to come out strongly and say we don’t mind paying taxes"

I just wish certain ones would actually follow through on that.

Maybe then we'd be able to afford socialized electricity not just for the Bermudans' monopoly factories and gas-bars. With all the social nets that were discarded for the sake of big business, you'd think they could at least turn a buck without firing everyone - but nope.

Indeed, a few have made money - billions have been offshored - NB's economy has been corporatized by faceless, unaccountable behemoths and fly-by night call-centers. The workforce drained and abused decade by decade so that now the concessions are like bleeding a stone.

Still they want more bailout and sellouts, and sometimes even free taxpayer money isn't enough - they demand we turn over our resources paid for by the ingenuity, hard work and tax dollars of previous generations.

This legacy infrastructure is thrown into the perpetually stoked flames of global corporations - the rich get richer while small (honest) taxpayers feel the pain of constantly bailing their 'betters' out.

Of course, despite the uneven playing field dictated by the unaccountable elite, some local businesses continue to serve their communities honorably and with convivial spirit. Although I doubt that sort of entrepreneur needs to explain (spin) him or herself to the community.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

CG vs. Mr. Murphy on leaving sinking ship

In response to: Is this the real reason Moncton North MLA Mike Murphy resign his seat???
Charles Leblanc's Other Blog - January 5th, 2009

Image Source: Charles Leblanc (Click for more)
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Dan F said...
Nice photos as always Charles.

You're gonna be my go-to guy for pictures of the unmasking of these kleptocrats going into the election - better keep fit as you never know when an injured buck will wander into view.

Maybe the whole lot of them will get swept up onto the shores like lobsters in a storm, your posts will be like a fresh feed of 'em.

In short: Best wishes for Twenty-10.
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Regarding Mr. Murphy's retirement - I think the more these crazed politicians find their senses and steer away from the Bermudan/bankster herd, the better for Neubraunschweig's chances. Stopping a robbery half-through is better than letting the thieves take it all; it'll also be harder to pull of future scams.

What would be really nice is if some of them would take a principled stand and not just mosey off as if they weren't co-conspirators in an ongoing heist. If selling NB Power is the last resort, show that you got the best price - prove that you've examined alternatives - stop working in dark rooms with the cameras turned off and make the process transparent.

Regarding the 'deal': Who is going to keep paying for the electricity and 'profits', regardless of which corporation holds the debt? Just like before -it'll be the NB public that'll keep paying for prior PPP piracy, the rate payers and taxed serfs who shoulder the burden. The pain keeps coming long after paid-for Premiers and party pimps have moved on - or for the capable ones, up a level, in the pyramid of political corruption.

In terms of public reaction, surely Bilderberg McKenna and his protégés can't be surprised that the rowdy people who rejected a massive toll-highway would rise up and reject an even more obvious form of economic sabotage in the selling of NB Power for 0 dollars.

Should the people be able to bring an end to this before the deed is done, it'll be just one battle won in the long march towards accountable and just representation. How long it'll take to undo all the shady tricks they have rigged is uncertain, but surely possible.

In terms of minutiae, whether this apparent defection by Mr. Murphy was forced or by choice is still of interest. Either way, let's all wish him the best as he enjoys his doubled pension and potential pay-offs from the 'private' sector as the public sector continues imploding.

No sense staying mad when it'll take all the political will and public involvement to turn around and fix the situation that we could possibly be mustered.
5:44 PM, January 05, 2010