Many New Brunswickers say they have lost faith in the Gallant government, especially after the recent controversy surrounding property tax assessments.
A Political Science Professor at the University of Prince Edward Island says this comes as no surprise.
Don Desserud says confidence in governments is on the decline overall, and controversies like the property tax assessment, don't help any,”There has been a decline for some time, and every once in awhile the trust comes back, and there is an optimistic feeling out there, particularly after an election. But then it very quickly goes into the decline again, and these types of issues certainly don’t help. In fact, it makes it very, very difficult for any government, including whoever wins the next New Brunswick election, whether that’s the Liberals or the Conservatives, to restore that confidence.”
Desserud says it is hard to understand why governments continually get themselves into these types of troubles, “This suggests that any government is not there to serve the public’s needs. The public gets angry and then when they are disappointed, they start to wonder whether or not they can get any party in power to do what they want.”