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Un-Enterprizing Saint John

September 25, 2008

The big news of late — at least according to the editors at the T-J — is the threat of funding cuts to Enterprize Saint John.  Is this not too funny?

The organization that extols free enterprize and a pull-em-up by their boot straps philosophy is lobbing wild accusations about how cuts to its public funding will impede its ability to attract business development to the area.

If ESJ was really enterprizing, it would eschew all public handouts, er funds, and operate on resources from the sector of the economy it represents — the private sector.  Where’s that entrepreneurial spirit the members of ESJ promote?

The city of Saint John, as well as the surrounding municipalities, have many other places to put our tax dollars.  As a resident of Saint John, and as an employee of UNB Saint John — that public institution ESJ proposed closing just a year ago — I am not amused by their desperate attempts to hang on to taxpayers dollars so they can promote any wacky idea that pops into their collective heads.  Whatever possessed an organization supposedly charged with promoting the interests of this city to recommend the closure of a university is beyond me.

What crazy idea will they come up with next?  Whatever it is, I do not want to contribute a dime towards it.

  1. Cicciolino permalink
    September 25, 2008 8:42 am

    Bang on! I have expressed those exact thoughts to Mayor Court and Saint John city council.

  2. September 25, 2008 10:38 am

    Does anyone know what happened at Common Council? Did the question of ESJ funding come up?

  3. September 25, 2008 10:46 am

    And here’s something a little frightening: in an online comment to a letter in the T-J, I wrote:
    “Gary Foster, I live in Saint John and I don’t want even one of my tax dollars going to an organization that actively tried to shut down the university campus in this city, just last year. They produced an expensive report, they lobbied, and if they had had their way young people without financial resources in this region — and as we know, there are a lot of them — would have no access to university education. I thought the mandate of Enterprise Saint John was to encourage new business in the city, not to shut down a powerful economic generator that already exists here. So no, don’t give them more money. Don’t give them ANY money. They tried to send the city back to the 1930s.”

    The punch-line? The responses are 10 thumbs up, 14 down.

  4. September 25, 2008 11:40 am

    I’ve never been able to figure out it ESJ was a government in exile, in-waiting, or a public-private partnership government. In any case, it doesn’t need my tax money to play with.

  5. Cicciolino permalink
    September 27, 2008 2:56 pm

    No decision has been made by Saint John City Council on funding for ESJ. However, the TJ in their usual anecdotal spin is doing its usual best to lobby on their behalf.

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