The Crayon Box: Better Instead of More

At this point, my co-op placement is over, but you’ll still see my work for a few more weeks. 🙂
These next two editions will be spent looking at the Progressive Conservative party. Currently the opposition party, they’re looking to regain power this September. This week will be focused on Party Leader Blaine Higgs (Quispamsis).
Mr. Higgs believes that the government can be run better, because he thinks that money is being spent poorly. He says that throwing more money at things doesn’t necessarily make them better, but instead, the Conservative party would focus on how to spend money more efficiently.
Mr. Higgs recounted a time when he had designed schematics for a build. When the parts arrived, a co-worker called him down to come look at them. He then realized that while in theory the design worked, in practice, it didn’t. He related this to government, claiming that what looks good on paper in Fredericton doesn’t always work in practice. He believes that if someone is going to be affected by a decision, the government should have their input for guidance and pointed to the education system as an example, saying the government should ask for more input for the teachers, as he feels they don’t have enough say.
Mr. Higgs says he understands the sentiment that politicians will frequently go back on their word. He says that some politicians will reinvent their promises “from one bus stop to the next”, in order to appeal to the people in that area. He thinks we should blur the party lines some and that politicians should work together more than they do right now. As a display of this, Mr. Higgs mentioned that some of his staff are closely related to both the Liberals and the NDP. He feels as though the first thing a new party will do is throw out what the last one did. He also notes that while many jobs have a required skill set, being a politician doesn’t, even though the stakes are high in government. If he were a crayon, Mr. Higgs would want to be blended and made of of many colours, just like how he wants to get many opinions in order to get the best result from any potential legislation.
Mr. Higgs had some advice: you don’t need to own every conversation. He feels it’s important to listen more and speak less. He also thinks it’s important to not pretend to know everything, as no one does. To the youth, he says: stick with it. He says he knows young people have some good ideas and he wants to hear them. The province has opportunities, he claims, and he wants to make sure it stays that way. He points out that he doesn’t need another job, he already had one. At this point, he’s driven by passion and wants to make a change. In his own words, “it’s not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.”