Monthly Archives: February 2006

Another sign of prosperity in New Brunswick

According to CIBC World Markets, when it comes to going broke, it’s all about location. The number of people in Atlantic Canada who filed for personal bankruptcy in 2005 climbed 8 per cent from the previous year, while bankruptcies in … Continue reading

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Good night, and good luck

I just got back from watching that film about Edward R. Morrow, Good Night, and Good Luck. While this is no action thriller, it is an interesting film. It’s shot in black and white and weaves in actual footage in … Continue reading

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Airports bringeth and they taketh away

For as long as I have been involved with economic development I have been a fervent believer in the critical importance of airports as facilitators of economic development. The more flights to diverse destinations at competitive prices the better. Once, … Continue reading

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The fun begins

Somebody from the Miramichi told me “never mess with Tanker”. In fact, the rumours were swirling during the hospital cuts that he would leave the Tory ranks. He didn’t then, but he does now. There is starting to be a … Continue reading

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Last one to Bangalore is a ……..

I have been saying for several years that New Brunswick needs to build better linkages to India. Two years ago Indian firms started making major investments in North America. I begged on these pages and elsewhere for somebody to sit … Continue reading

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Sending Chisholm Pothier to the Olympics

Those of you that read this blog know that one of my biggest grumblings about government is that they do so much ‘marketing’ now that no one – even interally to government – can figure out the difference between the … Continue reading

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ACOA – whither art thou?

Check out Alec Bruce’s piece on the ACOA situation. He’s defending the agency. Guess what. So am I. I am constantly amazed when westerners speak of their oil and gas as if they had poured it in the ground. I … Continue reading

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McStats Can Economist

I was shocked to hear Philip Cross, chief of economic analysis at Statistics Canada, and his comments in the Globe & Mail today: “I don’t know where this idea came from that manufacturing jobs are great,” said Mr. Cross, who … Continue reading

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Confessions of a journalism junkie

Okay, 0kay, I’ll admit it, I am a bit of a journalism junkie. In fact, in another life I was most likely a hack for some local Biloxi rag. But this stuff can be fascinating. Take Chris Morris at Canadian … Continue reading

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Ask a stupid question…..

I read all the blah blah blah around the longest time coming Cabinet shuffle in the history of New Brunswick. I notice Kelly Lamrock is getting quite handy with the superlatives. But I digress. I was blown away to see … Continue reading

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