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“Take that little carton you get of 250ml of chocolate milk, and say a kid gets one of those every school day for a year, 180 school days. So every day that kid has one of those for lunch. That amounts to that kid consuming 10 pounds of sugar. He has more chocolate milk at home or on weekends, add to that. There’s twice as much sugar in chocolate milk than there is in Coke.”
“We have excess capacity. No one needs to live on the street…we just have to decide and communicate to the politicans that it matters to us.”
“In a perfrect world, you’d say why take the risk (fracking), but we are approaching a finanaicla abyss here, we need the money to pay for our services….honest, objective research shows it is not a black and white thing.”
“Higgs can’t be seen as making concessions to the Alliance on their language disposition or this province is going to shatter, and become even more divided than it is right now.”
“It is an example of the kind of speech we can expect under Proportional Representation or minority government. Aside from the fact had no vision, it was pretty good. He (Gallant) got rid of the stupid stuff like the freeze on NB Power rates, and a lot of the good ideas that came from the other parties, because he was trying to apease them, were there.”
Now that we are seeing who the pot smokers are, we see they are us. They are not a subculture, not a marginalized or deviant culture, just regular folks and this is how they relax (perhaps that will help eliminate the ingrained stigma around cannabis.)
“And you’re saying it is because of the secrecy that this story has emerged that it is about language. Other people say it is because there aren’t enough paramedics out there to hire. That’s why I say let’s get to the bottom of it and find out.”
Maybe this sends a message to politicians in the future that you can’t buy elections anymore. Because Gallant tried to do that and it didn’t work.
“That’s the party that has the most vision going forward. They are noticing and proposing things that the other parties aren’t”
Does Brian Gallant care about the debt? Does Blaine Higgs have a vision for the province? Is David Coon in trouble? Is Kris Austin dog whistling to the anti-bilingualism crowd? The Political Observer’s Panel is back with a mid-campaign assessment.
"Both Liberals and PCs think they have a real shot in this election. And so neither Blaine Higgs nor the Premier want language to be a focal point of the campaign."
(in reference to Ontario election) New Brunswick political parties should not read too much into the populist angle. If Christine Elliott had been leader of the Progressive Conservatives, they might have won 20 more seats.
Because of the publicity it generated from him doing this, I’d have to chalk it up as a failed PR exercise.
“The Minister didn’t even follow his own protocol for crying out loud”
“I would caution the Progressive Conservative party and their leader that negative ads like this in a coordinated strategy - you need to counter it.”
This week’s political observers panel focuses on Opposition Leader Blaine Higgs.
"I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw them"
This panel is right on the heels of Premier Gallant's State of the Province address. Michael Camp, Rosella Melanson and me offer up our thoughts. See to what extent you might agree with any one of us.
From daycare subsidies and the Medavie contract, to Irving's influence with government. this week's political observer's panel looks at the top stories of the past week.