Here we go again

Fraser announces the closure of a paper mill in Edmundston. Premier Lord will ‘do everything they can’ to help the workers and ‘we need to diversify’ the economy.

Same week:

Quebec announces $450 million in funding from the provincial and federal governments to support the forestry industry.

Is the forestry industry more important to the Quebec economy than to New Brunswick’s?

No, over 5% of all employed New Brunswickers work in forestry-related businesses compared to less than 3% in Quebec.

Total Employment in the Forestry Sector*

*Source: 2001 Census.

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0 Responses to Here we go again

  1. Anonymous says:

    David, not sure what you are getting at here. Should New Brunswick provide financial aid to the forestry industry proportional to this Quebec handout? How does that help us modernize and diversify? I thought you were a proponent of the new economy, innovation etc.

  2. David Campbell says:

    No, I am not advocating a ‘handout’ per se. I am just saying that Ontario and Quebec, et. al are more than willing to use huge tax dollars to support industry while in New Brunswick it’s all nickels and dimes. Somebody told me that Donald Savoie’s new book coming out in January is going to hit this issue hard. Apparently he is going to criticize the federal government for giving hundreds of millions to support the auto sector, the aerospace sector, etc. in Ontario and Quebec – and that’s called ‘investments’ while the pennies given to Atlantic Canada is called ‘corporate subsidies’. It should be interesting when someone of that influence says what I have been saying all along.

  3. Anonymous says:

    “Investments” are great for New Brunswick, but not for an industry that is increasingly automated, and that is seeing demand for some of its traditional products (newsprint, photo paper) declining rapidly. Not exactly a wise “investment.”