Voters in New Brunswick are in the middle of a general election set for Sept. 22 and they will be electing fewer members to their legislature. At dissolution, the New Brunswick house had 55 provincial members but this time around they will be sending just 49 members to Fredericton.
The move will save plenty of money for taxpayers and it’s something that needs to be done again in Newfoundland and Labrador.
We have 48 members in the House of Assembly, too many for our province with barely half a million people.
This province is geographically large, and that may have mattered when politicians had to travel by boat or train to get around. That situation is long gone for the most part.
We have a web of highways on the islands and things are improving in Labrador quickly.
There are also flights going most hours of the day from almost every corner of the province and getting about that way is dependable, though costly. But politicians don’t have to worry about that — they get a tidy allowance to cover expenses like travel and living expenses if they represent districts away from the capital.
This province cut the number of seats in the 1990s and it’s time that was done again.
Time is a little short to have the trimming done for the next election but it can be easily arranged for the next general vote.
There is no reason why this province needs as many members in the house as we have now and it only takes some nerve by the person in charge to bring it about a change for the better.