Monthly Archives: January 2006

Frank bids us adieu

Well, it looks like New Brunswick’s chances at having a home grown Prime Minister have taken a dive once again. It wasn’t that long ago that some were speculating (i.e. Don Desserud) that we could have a McKenna vs. Lord … Continue reading

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On energy and economic development

I have written on several ocassions about the government’s convenient use of the energy sector to brag about New Brunswick’s exports. They claim to have the highest increase in exports in Canada. Prosperity abounds! They forget to mention that without … Continue reading

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N.B. is becoming a no-aphone state

Here’s a letter to the editor that was published in the Telegraph-Journal last weekend: N.B. is becoming a francophone stateThe “Patent Acadien” is working: divide and conquer. Slowly but surely, New Brunswick is being subverted into a francophone state. Enforced … Continue reading

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The Halifax Times & Transcript

I didn’t see the print copy of the T&T yesterday, but the online version is a bit depressing if you are a New Brunswicker interested in the economic development of our province. Here’s the top three stories from the online … Continue reading

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I don’t want to become an Albertan: local union rep

Last month, I wrote about the move to shift power rate increases from residences to industrial users. Now, I am reading about business leaders, industry associations and even unions decrying this move. One union rep said he ‘didn’t want to … Continue reading

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Microsoft supports my positions

In recent days I have stated two key issues related to economic development: 1) Don’t rely on government jobs to drive growth (this in response to the fact that something like 40% of the net new jobs in New Brunswick … Continue reading

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Homestead Act – Redux

I just read a very interesting story in the Toronto Star (sorry requires a password so no link here). Here’s an excerpt: South of the Canada-American border, there is serious talk about a “New Homestead Act” that would sell houses … Continue reading

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Head in the sand economic development

I continue to be disturbed by the message coming out of the province when it comes to attracting business investment to New Brunswick. A recent Telegraph-Journal article made the following statement: In a letter to the editor published last month … Continue reading

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Reaching our ‘potential’

Stephen Harper was coy on his ‘plans’ for Atlantic Canada other than a few specifics around the military and not trashing ACOA. He did mention on numerous ocassions that the federal government needs to help Atl. Can reach its ‘full … Continue reading

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A final pre-election comment

Like most of my colleagues, I went into this election cycle a little curious. I never did buy the notion that the Conservative’s approach to regional development would involve sucking every talented resource out to Fort McMurray, consolidating three governments … Continue reading

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