Monthly Archives: December 2005

Time for the Liberal’s plan

OK. It’s 4 am and I am in my brother’s office in Miramichi. We have been sleeping out in a tent at Sheephouse Falls – an hour from nowhere. After 6 hours in the tent and freezing our arses, we … Continue reading

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Bank of Montreal forecasts at odds with Premier Lord

Premier Lord said in October that New Brunswick in 2005 would see the best job growth in 30 years. He talks ad nauseum about all the prosperity he has bestowed on New Brunswick. His sentiments are echoed by Al Hogan … Continue reading

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My little contribution to the cause

Metro joins ranks of major centresStatistics Canada listing will have numerous advantages for Moncton areaBy Mary MoszynskiTimes & Transcript Staff Moncton’s presence as a major business player on the national stage will receive a major boost in 2006 as Statistics … Continue reading

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What is Equalization?

I was talking with a colleague the other day and we got into a lively debate about Equalization – the federal program that provides additional funding to provinces that do not generate enough taxes locally to ensure their public services … Continue reading

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Inculcating neo-McKennaism

I have written on this subject in the past but I think it is well worth repeating as we head into a new year. One of the only policy initiatives from the McKenna era that worked was his focus on … Continue reading

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The Conservative platform for Atl. Canada

The Telegraph Journal is reporting that Stephen Harper will unveil his strategy for Atlantic Canada early in the new year. The article states: Even Atlantic Conservatives complained following the 2004 federal election that their new party had failed to explain … Continue reading

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Learning from the forestry bailout

It was announced just before Christmas that the Lord government would be investing $250 million into the forestry industry over the next five years. That’s on top of the $67 million to reopen the pulp mill in Nackawic. $317 million … Continue reading

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‘We give it six months’

This week’s Macleans has a segment entitled ‘We give it six months’ referring to thing that won’t last six months in the opinion of the newly renovated magazine editors. For example, the Stephen Harper/Jack Layton marriage or the treaty between … Continue reading

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Deloitte Competitiveness Index

What do the USA, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany and the UK have in common? They all rank higher than Canada in the latest Deloitte Competitiveness Index (DCI) which ranks countries on what it views as the main factors behind wealth … Continue reading

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On population growth

Some of you will undoubtedly find this overkill but I’ll post it anyway. The attached chart shows the estimated population of all U.S. states and Canadian provinces for 2005 and their estimated growth since 2004. New Brunswick’s population performance from … Continue reading

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