Central to the self-sufficiency agenda was the critical need to grow the economy by establishing a competitive environment for business development, to attract new investment, to encourage the expansion of national and multinational firms and to capitalize on opportunities in the energy sector and technology clusters. With determination, innovation and collaboration, the program would transform the province and government invited all New Brunswickers to play their part. Since that initial period of optimism and even though some of the bureaucratic legacies of the program remain, the public’s confidence in the program has dissipated. What went wrong? Read my August 4th column to find out.