I suppose one is to hail the announcement from the new government in its attempt to arrest a dire economic and financial situation caused by successive incompetent provincial governments spanning more than a couple of decades.
In announcing the distinguished individuals to be a part of this new commission there is mention of a stark reality of the province — having the highest per capita income and simultaneously the highest per capita debt. One is reminded of an earlier economic team that was formed and which obviously was unsuccessful. So, as has been pointed out by others, there is a very obvious spending problem that should be arrested by the legitimately elected new government. No unelected commission should be necessary to at least signal the obvious and for some specific leadership now to rein in spending.
One would think that a more likely successful approach would be to involve the elected from the start with the announced members of the new commission to be part of this process…
On the larger point, one is concerned that this approach is a top-down approach and has a high potential to stumble, to not reach its goal and to be less than legitimate in the democratic sense.
One would think that a more likely successful approach would be to involve the elected from the start with the announced members of the new commission to be part of this process — a specially constituted Select Committee of the Legislature with the commission members as a resource. The two could work in parallel, with public hearings and ongoing study. The Select Committee would use specific relevant commission members at hearings, conditional upon the topic of that hearing. The two could come together at the end and write a report prepared for the cabinet.
There was a promise during the 1930s crisis that any proposals about the nature of the country’s ongoing status would come before the people. But later the appointed unelected Amulree Commission’s recommendations were accepted without the realization of that promise.
It is important that in the flurry of this ongoing crisis — and notwithstanding the legitimate desire and absolute necessity to avail of all expertise and to act with dispatch — it should not be lost on those in control that in the first instance a democratic process must be used to ensure legitimacy and citizen involvement.