In today’s Telegraph-Journal editorial:
Tapping N.B.’s new culture of opportunity
the writer correctly identifies what I believe is the top issue for this province: What is the Conservative plan for economic development?
However, they go on to make their wish list known:
New Brunswickers want commitments on infrastructure, such as improved highway connections to the U.S. and more secure ports, that will help businesses reach foreign markets.
They want greater commitment to higher education, which is transforming the Atlantic economy.
They want changes in taxation to encourage research and development and the creation of new businesses.
They want a change in the mandate and practices of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
They want policies that encourage responsible investment and reward success.
No, Mr. TJ, they don’t want any of these things. What New Brunswickers want (or should want) is communities that are growing not declining. Communities where kids can stay home and build their careers. Communities where people are moving in not out.
Why on earth wouldn’t the TJ state, as Alec Bruce, that we want to attract global companies here? Why on earth would they roll out the same old tired ideas about the ‘creation of new business’ or research and development. These are the exact same buzz words we here from the provincial Tories and the province has the second worst rate of ‘creating new business’ and is dead last in R&D.
You want R&D? Go get it.
You want new business? Go attract it here.
You want to invest more in education? You better have the jobs here for the graduates or they will go down the road and you will continue to be the labour market incubator for Ontario and Alberta.
Somebody in the mainstream media needs to get it. WE NEED TO ATTRACT OUR SHARE OF THE TRILLIONS IN GLOBAL BUSINESS INVESTMENT.
We can do this but we take two steps back every time some politician or community leader reads another editorial about creating small business.