Let’s be clear about one thing

Another Canadian Press article hammering AC and propping up Alberta.

Economic boom in Alberta luring skilled workers from East Coast
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2005/10/27/1281487-cp.html

They quote some hapless ex New Brunswicker:

Christie says he may go back to New Brunswick one of these days – to retire. He says he won’t be going back to work in shaky industries propped up by political expediency and taxpayers’ loans.

Let’s be clear about one thing, Mr. Christie, journalist Chris Morris and every other person who doesn’t want to do any research, when you include agricultural subsidies, Alberta usually provides more subsidies to industry than New Brunswick. And agriculture is just like any other industry in my books.

Do we have shaky industries? Yes. Are may propped up and heavily subsidized because no one has the guts to do anything better? Yes. But don’t give me that crap about New Brunswick being a place saturated with government subsidies to business. We are saturated with EI and Equalization but we are among the lowest for government subsidies to industry (per capita, as a percentage of GDP, etc.).

Alberta’s wealth has come from what’s in their ground. Fine.

New Brunswick’s will come from what’s in our heads and our hearts – and that’s a heck of a lot harder.

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0 Responses to Let’s be clear about one thing

  1. scott says:

    David,

    I agree completely with your statement, “New Brunswick’s will come from what’s in our heads and our hearts – and that’s a heck of a lot harder.”

    Any ex New Brunswickers who I met outside the province (either in Calgary, Toronto, BC or Ottawa), spoke as if they had never seen the light of a bustling economy. Having a good paying job and being part of a healthy economy was like Christmas to them. I guess because a healthy economic environment never existed for them back in NB.

    At this point, what the province lacks is visionaries and leaders to excite the hapless attitude that exist not only here, but with ex-New Brunswickers like Christie.

    This is where I come to my story.

    I decided last year that I could make a great living in Ottawa as a communications strategist and add to the already sound (well recovering) economy in Ontario or I could make a difference back in NB where they need some assistance. I chose option #2 and I’ll tell you why.

    There are too many NB’s that do not even realize that policy makers are destroying our province every single day that they chose go without a viable game plan for true economic growth. The exodus of educated NB’s has reached epidemic proportions. At this point, we are left with very few individuals, like yourself, who question the status quo and the damage of traditional politics (i.e. EI and equilization)

    I guess what I am saying is that if we don’t start preaching a new political mentality here in NB’s, then the majority will always default and support the old way, that EI or the highway approach. How damaging!!

    it is important to start communicating a self-sufficient attitide here in NB.

    The type of attitude which is not reliant on EI and seasonal work. I mean, Christie was in Alberta for no more than a year and his attitude change 180 degrees. You could hear it in his voice when he said, “It’s a whole different attitude towards work out here,” he says. “Businesses aren’t waiting around, looking for government handouts.”

    So let’s start with changing the attitude in this region, so that people can feel good about NB prospects of a healthy economy in the future. It would be a good start.

  2. David Campbell says:

    Geez, it sounds like we have a true believer here. Unfortunately, I’m an old geezer in practical terms. But we’ll keep hammering the points and someday it may just sink in.

  3. scott says:

    It is quite comical to see how many people in the area are happy with the status quo. They have truly lost hope.

    When speaking to some of these people this past summer in Cape Pele (who live on the brink of poverty), they are all smiles from ear to ear as they tell me their stories about the visits from their grandchildren. Their kids are living large in Ontario and Alberta. New Brunswick has long left their memories as any sort of priority. They’re not coming back!

    As for the people who gut it out and stay.

    Well, it is like some of them still don’t believe that it can ever happen here. That it can turn around.(or the corner as Cuzner said) Oh man, I hate rhetoric !!!!

    Anyway, I think it can!

    But we must convince the people first. It is then and there that we can begin to roll out the plan for more FDI for the province.