This just in – more moving out

In the former Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin was in charge of all propaganda – right down to editing articles that would be printed in the local paper.

You would think there is a lesson in there for the provincial government’s spin doctors. Last week, they announced with great fanfare that the ‘repatriation’ campaign to bring back New Brunswickers was working. As I reported before, Training and Employment Development Minister Margaret-Ann Blaney was practically giddy in last week’s press release. Here’s a quote:

“Two and a half years into the JOB Start Strategy, we continue to make [excellent progress] in recruiting, retaining and repatriating skilled New Brunswickers.” (my brackets)

Simultaneously, however; those loose cannons over at the Department of Finance had the audacity to update their population and demography chart.

The latest data shows that 2004-2005 exhibited the highest level of net out-migration from New Brunswick since the Lord government took office.

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

There was a net out-migration of 1,650 people in 2004-2005 compared to 760 in 2003-2004 and 843 in 2002-2003.

Three questions:
1. How could the Department of Training and Employment Development define the worst migration numbers since they took office as ‘excellent progress’?
2. Doesn’t somebody at Finance actually share these numbers with TED?
3. Why aren’t we reading about this in the local paper?

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0 Responses to This just in – more moving out

  1. Anonymous says:

    I would think that the idea is that if you are moving to New Brunswick it must be because you have a job or business, whereas if you are leaving the province it’s probably because you have no job or income. In other words, you’ve gotten rid of some deadbeats on pogey while brought in some of the moneyed class. Win – win from some people’s point of view.

    That’s not the reality, but what else is a government going to say? I know people who moved back home because family is there, but many have only very low wage jobs. However, if you are a lawyer, accountant, MBA graduate, doctor, etc., there are far greener fields out yonder. Again though, it’s not surprising that government uses such doublespeak, and it’s no longer even surprising that the Irving news prints it unequivocally. The only thing surprising, well, OK, there’s nothing surprising.

  2. David Campbell says:

    That’s a pretty morbid view of the world – but actually it is becoming more and more closer to government policy. I wrote a blog on this before – the feds commissioned an Ottawa think tank to write a report that recommended government provide an ‘incentive’ for people to move out of EI dependant communities (i.e. New Brunswick) to areas where there are jobs (i.e. Alberta).

    I’m all for labour mobility – it is a fundamental element of a healthy economy – it’s just that when we drain the swamp in New Brunswick – what will be left?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Very true, and the sad thing is, swamps are actually very beautiful places to live. I’m for labour mobility too, but not for forced evacuations. With the internet there are simply no limits to what any industry can achieve, no matter how small. Heck, you can even go to cafepress.com and start selling with no costs. However, who knows about these things?