The minister said business leaders will run the arms-length agency rather than bureaucrats because they have the expertise and experience required to foster growth in the province.
We're in the dark, post-election period down here. Traditionally, new New Brunswick governments "discover" that we're in too severe a financial crisis for them to make good on their election promises. Instead they learn, to their sorrow and dismay, that they have to cut social services (called "fat" or "out of control spending" by a helpful media) and raise taxes. This time they're also in a hurry to hand spending decisions and/or pots of money over to carefully appointed businessmen.
Meanwhile, the rest of us will hunker down, worry about our jobs and our families, and wait for the end of the second year, when the party in power begins thinking about how to get re-elected.
It's that last bit - the money being handed to business - that really knocks the wind out of me. I can deal with an administration that says we need to cut costs and reduce the scope of government - even if it does turn their whole election platform into a lie.
But there's no excuse for them to then create an "arm's length" corporation charged with investing in business ventures. If we can't afford human welfare, we can't afford corporate welfare. If we can't provide social services, we can't provide commercial services.
And although these 'business leaders' may or may not be experts - though I think the state of the province raises some serious questions about their competence - they are also unelected private citizens with their own agendas, political views and commercial interests.
It's the dark, post-election period, and now Winter's coming on.