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.


Dismissal of Chief Medical Officer of Health Must Be Explained

Green Party David Coon

Fredericton– Green Party Leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon is calling the government’s dismissal of Dr. Eilish Cleary as New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer of House outrageous in a statement released today.

“Dr. Cleary, in her role as doctor to the people of New Brunswick has earned tremendous respect and even affection from New Brunswickers.  So many felt such pride in her courageous decision to join the battle against Ebola in Africa. Many felt vindicated when her shale gas report validated their concerns about fracking after the previous government dismissed them as borne of ignorance.  Health Minister Boudreau has a responsibility to provide a credible explanation for the decision to remove Dr. Cleary from her position.  She has always been willing to directly reach out to New Brunswickers and our communities as our collective physician.  It makes one wonder if this didn’t threaten the government’s effort to control its message, particularly given the recent removal and reassignment of the former Director of DNR’s Fish and Wildlife Branch, also without explanation”.

Former Premier Alward’s Catastrophic Drug Plan, Good Concept But Not Well Thought Out

Catastrophic Drug Plan Alward
By André Faust

The plan was introduced by the Alward Government on December 10th, 2013. The intent was to make Catastrophic drugs affordable to all New Brunswickers. The Theory sounds good, however can the plan be implemented without creating additional financial hardship to low income workers or having low income workers compromise their dignity to the Department of Income Assistance.

Under the Alward formula, it can only hurt low income earners.  They are two phases to the program, The optional phase, which we are currently in and the Mandatory Phase which is to take effect on April 1st 2015.  It is the Mandatory phase that should be of concerned to the low income worker because those individuals will have to pay a monthly premium, whether they choose to or not.  The meat of the plan is outlined in the following document.


The problem with the plan as it currently stands is; who is going to be affected and how much each is going to pay, which is outline in the following document.  The statistics that Stats Canada Provides has concatenated individuals into family units which distorts reality,  the People who have been excluded from the stats are those who, are homeless, unemployed  or currently drawing income assistance, If you include those, then the Alward figures are way off for the low income worker and under, and the numbers are much  higher that what the stats gives us.

Brain Gallant has less than 6 months to re study the plan and develop a solution that will be workable for all. As it stands it is going to be the low income earners and under who are going to be carrying the brunt of the costs resulting in financial hardship, This matter has to be resolved before April 1st, 2015.



4 candidates confirm participation in community-organized ‘All Candidates Meeting’ for Fredericton South, Sept. 4th.

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Ind, Greens Libs NDP accept the debate challenge

 An All-Candidates Meeting for the candidates and citizens of Fredericton South, Riding 40, will be held this Thursday, Sept. 4th, 7:00PM at the Christ Church Cathedral Memorial Hall, 168 Church Street, Fredericton.

Citizen engagement is the key to these meetings, where the citizens in the audience ask the questions. The public meetings provide constituents with an opportunity to publicly ask questions of their MLA candidates on issues which concern them. This meeting will be citizen-led and non-partisan.

There are 4 candidates who have confirmed they will participate in the Q&A meeting: Courtney Mills (Independent); David Coon (Green); Kelly Lamrock (NDP); and Roy Wiggins (Liberal). To date, there has been no reply from Craig Leonard (PC) who was formally invited on April 30, 2014.

Advertised as a “Meet the Candidates Q&A – A Town Hall Meeting”, this meeting is conducted as a very welcoming and informative question-and-answer session; the meeting is not meant to be a debate between candidates. Here is the simple outline of the meeting:

• At the start of the meeting each candidate will have 3 minutes to introduce himself/herself to the audience;

• Following these introductions, the main portion of the meeting will give an opportunity for constituents to ask questions directly from the floor;

• After each question, each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond; and

• At the end of the meeting, each candidate will have 2 minutes to address the public with closing remarks.

Other All-Candidates Meetings are being organized by individuals and organizations in other communities, including Fredericton North, Moncton, Rexton, Sackville, and Saint John.