|Cartoon Credit: Anthony Rockel|
That is unfortunate. If there was ever a time when the province needed a clear plan and someone with the ability to communicate it, it is now. In the last Speech from the Throne, the Government promised “decisive actions… with Budget 2016 followed by… medium and long term actions…” Those are still absent. Then, too, it has been a year in which fumbling — from library closures to Ed Martin’s severance — compounded by Ball's own incapacity for articulation, has left the government severely weakened.
This year it needed to be ready with a coherent document that presaged a Budget styled for crisis. It could muster no such a strategic focus.