Do voters really know the philosophy of the party they vote for?

By André Faust (Oct 21,  2018)

An election has come and gone here in New Brunswick, but we could go into an early election if the kids cannot get their shit together.

When it comes to voting do people know or understand the philosophy of the party they are voting for? Do people just vote on the campaign marketing plan or do they really know what their chosen party stands for?

I would argue that most people don’t know what their party stands for, except for the Greens from the discussion, verbal, in the media and online it does appear that green supporters understand what green stands for.

For the two old-school parties the Liberal and Conservatives voters do not know the political differences between the two. During the last election, the common phrase was Liberals and Conservatives are one of the same. If one knew and understood the philosophy of each they would realize that there is a fundamental philosophical difference between the two.

According to (Jana, Keith, and Goldman) there are some fundamental differences between the two and in both camps there exist small l and large L for the liberal camp and for the conservatives you have small c and large C.

What Jana, Keith, and Goldman describe is more the difference between center-left liberals and center-right conservatives which pretty well describes our provincial conservative and liberals.

So what does it mean to be Liberal or conservative? Remember this is just a general description of the ideologies between the two in the province of New Brunswick. Harper’s conservative border lines extremisms.

To be a liberal is to have a core value system that believes in freedom of thought, and speech placing limitations on government, tolerance, our charter of rights and freedom is built on liberal ideologies. Liberal ideology a mixed economy between state own and private enterprises. When it comes to social order Liberals try to find that balance between individual freedoms and social order. Which when you look at the constitution and the Charter of rights is based on these fundamental values and ideology.

Conservatives, on the other hand, tend to focus on personal wealth and private ownership of business enterprises which foster self-reliance and individualism. When it comes to crime and punishment, conservatives tend to be more punitive towards offenders, rather than focusing on rehabilitation of the offender. Tolerance conservative is less tolerant and is more ethnocentric and more than often be hostile toward minority groups such as newcomers coming in either in the province or in the country.

Extreme liberalism and Conservatism are really in their own categories, while they do have the fundamental ideologies they also push the envelope at both ends.

Related to Liberal ideology or philosophy is the Green Party. The green party has a lot more in common with liberal philosophy than conservative philosophy yet they have their own philosophy.
The Greens political philosophy aka ecopolitcs core ideology encapsulates creating an ecologically sustainable society which is rooted in environmentalism, nonviolence, and social justice than the liberals, but still within the parameters of center-left. The NDP also shares Liberal ideology/philosophy or inverse can be said Liberals share NDP ideologies. While the NDP are not radical left out of the five parties they are left because the NDP has adopted socialist philosophy as their core values, for example, social democracy and democratic socialism.

The People’s Alliance of New Brunswick while different than the Progressive conservative share some of the same philosophy, but the Peoples Alliance also share Liberal values as well in terms of transparency. Both the Conservatives and the Peoples Alliance of New Brunswick financial philosophy tend to follow Hayekian economics which says that it is business that should inject money into the economy to stimulate growth, and both PC and PANB seem to favor austerity to balance the books. The Liberals and Greens, on the other hand, tend to be more Keynesian in the sense that if you want the economy to grow the states has to put money into peoples pockets.

I have just skimmed the surface of political ideologies and philosophies, that has been countless books that have been written about political philosophies.


 

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Kris Austin vows to terminate Medavie extramural privatization

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Leader People’s Alliance Party

The People’s Alliance will seek to terminate the deal with Medavie to manage extramural care in the province.  With an added cost of $4 million annually as well as questionable management practices currently with Ambulance New Brunswick, the party is less than confident that exceptional service will be maintained under the proposed contract.  Additionally, this contract was not put to open tender and the public was not consulted, further eroding the trust citizens place in this government.  As such, the People’s Alliance would scrap this unfair deal and restore extramural care to what it is today – an exceptional public service that is well known for its high satisfaction among clients and patients.


Government should not be in the business of doing business

krisAustinThe People’s Alliance is disappointed with the Gallant governments decision to create another crown corporation to sell marijuana at the exclusion of the private sector. Party leader Kris Austin stated, “Government should not be in the business of doing business. Government should be focused on healthcare, education, infrastructure and basic social programs, not booze and pot sales.” This latest announcement also contradicts Minister Rogers’ explanation on a recent political panel where she stated “The crown corporation will not be the retail model… the crown corporation will not be the distributor.” Yet based on today’s announcement, that is exactly what will take place. In the government news release Brian Harriman, NB Liquor CEO stated “NB Liquor is proud to have been chosen to be the retailer of recreational cannabis…”

The party is also concerned with potential pricing under this new system and the added cost to taxpayers. High marijuana prices will not eradicate the black market and will stifle the potential for economic growth in the private sector. Reasonable regulations and strong enforcement coupled with a private sector retail model that is taxed fairly is the best course to deter the black market, increase government revenue, and boost the economy.


 

Kris Austin: The Negative Effects of Double Taxes on Small Businesses

 

By André Faust (July 06, 2017)

In a room filled to capacity at a public town hall meeting held at the New Maryland Victoria Hall, party leader Kris Austin told those in attendance that New Brunswick is the only province in Canada that double taxes small business causing some of the smaller businesses with small profit margins to close their door placing their employees out of work. Additionally, the double tax scheme discourages out of province and local small businesses from choosing New Brunswick as a place to do business.

According to Austin, there would be some loss of revenue for the province by abandoning the double taxes, but that loss would be offset by tax revenues generated by a growing economy as result of the increase in the number of small business that would be created as a result of the tax change.

In his presentation, Austin stated that the office of the Language Commission should be scrapped because the office is creating a polarisation between the Anglo and Franco communities rather than binding the two communities. Austin questions the efficiency of that office saying that recently the current Commissioner of Official Languages Katherine d’Entremont has personally made complaints about violations of the language act. The monies saved by decommissioning the office of the Commissioner of Official Languages could go towards the Office of the Auditor General which according to Party leader Kris Austin is underfunded.

Recently the Auditor General Kim MacPherson criticised the provincial government Department of Social Development’s procurement process involving a $13 million consulting contract which cost the province more than what it was expected to save.

Austin explains that the Office of the Auditor General is an independent body to serve as a watchdog over government spending and by keeping that office underfunded it limits the ability of the General Auditor from performing an in-depth analysis of government financial management.

Austin adds, the people’s Alliance while critical of the Commission of the language commission is not anti-French or anti-bilingualism but the party is against the polarisation of the two communities. He went on to say that it is important to address the needs of both linguistic communities and that the People’s Alliance is in the process of translating their website into French, the mandate of the party is to be inclusive of every New Brunswicker.


Kris Austin supports Official Opposition’s efforts to bring transparency to the Enbridge/Government settlement

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The leader of the People’s Alliance political party says the conflict of interest complaint against Premier Brian Gallant by the Official Opposition is welcome news, and taxpayers need answers.

Concerns were raised around the province when the government recently settled a lawsuit initiated by Enbridge, and it was discovered that the energy company’s lawyer was also hired by the Gallant government to oversee the transition of power when the Liberals took office following the 2014 provincial election. The same lawyer also was recently involved in the Liberals’ strategic program review, and was given a key role in the creation of what the Gallant government has called “priority delivery units”.

Austin says the conflict is clear. “Being so closely involved with Premier Gallant and the Liberal Government, while at the exact same time negotiating a lawsuit settlement on behalf of Enbridge against the very same government, clearly seems fishy. I welcome the Official Opposition’s conflict of interest complaint, and I will anxiously await the response from the conflict-of-interest commissioner.”

Austin also stated that given the history the Liberals have of making it difficult for Legislative Officers to investigate their ranks, he hopes the commissioner will have full ability to shed light on the matter.