Karen Grant, President
Municipal elections are being held in May. This is an opportunity for you to have input on how your municipality is run. There is a lot of voter apathy and complaints about how things are done. Often, the people who complain the most don’t vote. They don’t because they think it won’t make a difference. If you want to make a difference, you have to vote.
We need leadership to drive our province forward, and we all need to work together to make this happen. There’s no quick fix. If we want vibrant cities and a vibrant province, we need a strong economy. We need to grow our population, we need a good business environment, and we need to generate the revenue to provide the services that we need and deserve.
I think it’s important that federal, provincial and municipal levels of government are involved and on the same page. New Brunswick has never had such a colorful political landscape. Although it can present challenges, it actually presents opportunities to consider more perspectives and to be a more inclusive New Brunswick.
At the provincial level, we need to try to articulate a long-term vision that is at least substantively embraced by all the political parties. If it’s not possible for our elected officials to figure that out themselves, I implore them to engage with the business community and other stakeholders to create that collective vision.
If you really want to make a difference, get out and vote in the upcoming municipal election. Fingers crossed that there won’t an early provincial election, but if there is, vote. Our future depends on it!
All the best,