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What is Happening to New Brunswick’s Trucking Industry?

One trucker laments government interference and how the “little guy” keeps getting smaller.   

During the last decade the price of diesel fuel has increased 37.6 per cent; while trucking rates have gone up about five per cent in the province of New Brunswick. Recently, the provincial government elevated the fuel tax by another three more per cent.

Isn’t the fuel tax supposed to go back into our roads to make them safer with less damage caused to our cars and trucks? The roads in the south eastern part of New Brunswick are in need of major repairs and this creates major problems on all vehicles, including bent rims, broken springs and ruined tires. I ask: Where is this fuel tax being spent? Is it to balance their books that they overspent on their budget? It sure isn’t going back into the roads in the eastern part of the province.

I feel the politicians who are elected to office are not representing their constituents in a fair manner. There is too much politics and too many politicians involved in New Brunswick’s trucking and construction industry. The politicians we have are only worried about who feeds their political parties appetizers in the form of political donations.

It’s time politicians realize what they preach is not going over too well with the taxpayers of New Brunswick. Because of short-sightedness, they interfere with things like government and DOT contracts, resulting in the gradual erosion of province’s construction industry. Politicians are not delivering on promises made during election time. Everyone has to make contributions to receive any contracts or DOT work in New Brunswick. When did the tax payers of New Brunswick start buying jobs from government? When we as tax payers elected these politicians to represent us, it’s because we think they’re the best choice to represent everyone.

The average small guy or gal can’t afford to give donations to political parties in order to receive government contracts or work. In the past few years only certain contractors obtain these contracts because the smaller firms can’t afford to compete against the larger contractors. It seems the small guy always has an uphill battle to earn a paycheque.

Living in New Brunswick, it’s always the small guy that pays the price in the end because it’s our tax dollars that are given to outside contractors and to the rich, and not to the people who need it most: The small independent guy who is fighting to stay alive to put food on his table to feed his wife and kids.

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