I’m not backing down on this one

It’s unanimous. Everyone including a lot of Liberals think Shawn Graham’s strategy to bring in some top talent from outside the province to reinvigorate the civil service is bad politics. Notice I said politics – most still say it may be good policy.

I read Lord’s comments and couldn’t believe it. In the Miramichi he speculated that Graham might bring in this ‘talent’ from ‘Nigeria’ and ‘Alabama’. Interesting choices for his silly smear job.

But here’s a little pop quiz for you.

What would be better for the people of New Brunswick. 1) Bringing in a few key top advisors from around the world that had achieved success elsewhere or 2) Hiring your Cool Camel drinkin’ buddies or folks with deep PC roots to run the most important organizations in government?

Interesting. Without sounding too condescending, I would rather have experienced leaders with vision and a wide world view than Bernie Lord’s buddies and political appointees.

But that’s just me.

Imagine if the chairman of Aliant or Royal Bank decided to appoint his drinkin’ buddy as President and CEO. The shareholders would revolt. However, if the chairman went out and found the best talent he could find even in Australia, the shareholders would applaud vigorously.

However, in New Brunswick, when it comes to the most important institution to our collective future, we apparently prefer drinkin’ buddies.

And that’s probably a major reason why we are at the bottom of the heap.

I stand by my comments. Bravo to Shawn for putting them out there.

I’ll bring you a bag lunch while you wait in line at the EI office on Sept. 19.