New Brunswick’s upcoming provincial election has promises about better “public consultation” on certain issues. The problem with the past Liberal government wasn’t the lack of consultation, it was because the policies were dumb:

Closing a university and turning it into a polytechnic: DUMB
Cancelling Early French Immersion: DUMB
Selling the power company: DUMB

Public consultation can help in some situations, but in many others, you need experts in the relevant fields. And by experts, I mean actual experts, not consulting firms that you paid to come up with a report that supports your pre-determined conclusion.