Monthly Archives: October 2005

On insurance and economic development

Just a quick follow up to my previous, somewhat forceful, blog on auto insurance. I am not advocating that governments do nothing when a key cost of living component such as auto insurance (or electricity or gas for that matter) … Continue reading

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Liberal faux pas

In this blog, I sometimes can be quite critical of government – particularly when it comes to economic development. Today, I turn the gun on the opposition – namely, the Liberal Party of New Brunswick. Today, I read a press … Continue reading

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Pour un ‘Nouveau-Brunswick’ lucide

Just finally got around to reading Lucien Bouchard et. al’s manifesto Pour un Qu├ębec lucide. http://www.pourunquebeclucide.com I even like the use of the word ‘manifesto’. It has a vigorous tone to it like the ‘communist manifesto’ or something. Essentially, this … Continue reading

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The economic development activist movement

Sounds a little weird, doesn’t it. I am spending a lot of time holed up in a hotel room in Toronto working on a research project while the TV provides ambient noise in the background. However, one social activist caught … Continue reading

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Speechless

Sorry, not a provocative narrative here. Just bought Bruce Cockburn’s latest CD – Speechless – a totally instrumental recording. I have every CD he ever produced. Elegant stuff. For me, Bruce is the quintessential Canadian and among the best song … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the road: Toronto

Once again I find myself in Toronto – the epicentre of all things Canadiana. If Al Hogan thinks Moncton is ‘multicultural’, he should walk down Yonge Street. But, as usual, when I visit TO, I have ran into three people … Continue reading

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Quebec to use McKenna model

Quebec’s Economic Development Minister Claude Bechard outlined a plan last week to make Quebec more competitive and attractive to investors. “The standard of living must rise faster than the Canadian average over the next five years,” Bechard said at a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Right is Wrong

I just finished reading another article about Equalization and the subsidization of ‘have not’ provinces. It was written by Lorne Gunter, another conservative thinker from Western Canada. What annoys me most about the ‘right’ in Canada falls in two areas: … Continue reading

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A word about mandates

I have recieved several emails about this issue of who has the mandate for economic development. I say all levels of government – particularly local government – have a mandate for economic development. Remember one of my central theses. I … Continue reading

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