My little contribution to the cause

Metro joins ranks of major centres
Statistics Canada listing will have numerous advantages for Moncton area
By Mary Moszynski
Times & Transcript Staff

Moncton’s presence as a major business player on the national stage will receive a major boost in 2006 as Statistics Canada will officially recognize the city as a metropolitan in the upcoming census.

Planning for next year’s census is underway and following the compilation of the statistics, a new, more detailed sketch of Moncton will be available than in past censuses.

That’s because this is the first year, under Statistics Canada’s terms, that Moncton will be officially recognized as a Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) rather than a census agglomeration. “It’s something that Moncton has been lobbying for quite some time,” said Ian Moore, a manager in the geography division of Statistics Canada.

I count this among one of the few contributions that I made to the Greater Moncton area. To be sure my role was undoubtedly minimal but I spent a lot of time making the case to convert Moncton from a CA to a CMA. I battled with one of Statistics Canada’s top statisticians – more accurately I locked him in a room and we rolled up our sleeves. I got the issue raised by Senator Robertson on the floor of Canada’s Senate. I lobbied hard.

And they changed the threshold for the definition of a CMA area which means that Moncton is included.

You see, being a CMA means being listed as part of Canada’s top urban areas. It means much more frequent reporting of relevant data. It provides companies looking to locate here with much more up to date information on the community.

I got interested in this when a leading consultant from the US told me that his clients only look at ‘metro’ areas when they are considering expansion.

Well, we are now a ‘metro’, folks.

You’re welcome.

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0 Responses to My little contribution to the cause

  1. Anonymous says:

    Come on, by any standard Moncton is New Brunswick’s only success story. Millions were pumped into it by the federal and provincial governments to get it to where it is, now you want to be congratulated for helping it get MORE? Should we be surprised that Ontario and Quebec are all me,me,me, when Moncton is exactly the same? How about lobbying for something useful like getting statistics canada to set up a research centre in northern new brunswick, or free access to stat studies for municipal leaders, or how about this-NOT getting our census done by MacDonnell Douglas (which virtually guarantees that anybody who knows who has access to their census data will LIE about it-I know I sure will). Come on, its a bit hypocritical to be arguing for ‘sharing like we’re one big country’, when you don’t even like sharing in one province.

  2. David Campbell says:

    Moi? I love sharing. It’s better to give than to receive – remember? I think that we need to properly develop New Brunswick outside of Moncton – but not to the exclusion of Moncton. That’s where we get tripped up. This is not a zero sum game. Moncton’s loss is not Miramichi’s gain. The opposite. We need to grow both Moncton and the Miramichi. I would suggest that the example of Moncton has some lessons for the rest of New Brunswick. By any measure, Moncton is a small town without much going for it. But it has been somewhat successful (if you call the 37th fastest growing urban area in Canada successful).

    I would like the Feds to put jobs in northern NB but this is a broader issue for a future (or past) blog. The provincial government is pulling high paying public sector jobs out of rural and northern NB (education and health jobs mostly) as a result of population decline – but also contributing to population decline. Government jobs are well paying and offer good benefits. It’s a vicious cycle and it will only stop when we get serious about economic development.

    And I will not apologize for that. I want MORE and MORE and MORE until people like my dear deceased grandmother stop telling their kids if they want to be successful they will have to leave New Brunswick (she said this in the 1940s).

  3. Anonymous says:

    “..by any measure Moncton is a small town without much going for it”

    Hmmm, well I think Edmunston, Campbellton and Bathurst would have something to say about that. How about an airport, a new subsidized trans canada going straight through it, Molson, Champlain Place and Crystal Palace, all built with a good percentage of dollars from OUTSIDE Moncton.

    Nobody is asking for apologies, everybody is out for their own hometown, just keep in mind that you’re on the internet, not a local Moncton paper. We all know how modern economics works, just because something is good for Moncton there’s no likelihood that it’ll be good for the Miramichi. In fact, it may not be that good for Moncton-depending on the company and the conditions.

  4. NorthShoreDefection says:

    NBers (and other Maritimers) need to focus on what is best for the region and not specific towns by fostering a best-of-breed environment where we have airports and other infrastructure that can compete on the global stage. Duplication and mediocrity is not a solution! Putting in an airport in Bathust years ago for example was ill advised considering Charlo Airport is just 70Km away. Ultimately, this politically motivated move created two weak airports with the ultimate closure as we know of the Charlo Airport. If Moncton is deemed the best airport in NB (size of catchment area, runway length, weather, etc..) then it should get a greater percentage of government funding as it is the best solution for the entire region. Saint John, Fredericton, Bathurst and others can of course try their best to make a case for their airports but the government should reward the best options and not try to create a level playing field to win some votes. This should go for all other industries/services so if promoting some operation in Edmundston makes the most sense for NB then go for it, even if it means losing jobs in my current place of residence here in Moncton. We will all come out for the better in the long run if we leverage our strengths.