Monthly Archives: March 2006

A contrarian view on the the provincial budget

If you want my thoughts on the provincial budget, you should check out Moncton CBC Information Morning tomorrow between 7 and 8 am. I think they asked me to comment assuming I would have a contrarian view. Don’t get me … Continue reading

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We’ve got a way to go

I was asked to join a panel discussion on Maritime Noon today (CBC) about the role of government when it comes to providing incentives to industry. This has become a topical issue because of the Stora Enso pulp mill in … Continue reading

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Quick budget assessment

Since you won’t get this from any other source (likely), here’s my quick and dirty take on the new provincial budget from an economic development perspective: $6.4 million for ‘investment and exports’ – which I assume is for investment attraction … Continue reading

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On rural call centres and thick skin in politics

Another rural call centreRepresentatives from Virtual-Agent Services were in Hillsborough yesterday to announce the company’s thirteenth customer contact centre in the province.The centre has been up and running for a little more than a month and currently employs 33 people. … Continue reading

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Malcolm Bricklin update

I have been keeping a lazy eye on Malcolm Bricklin over the past few years – and have brought readers up to speed on his activities over the past two years on the pages of this blog. I still, in … Continue reading

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Looking for a little Savoie-faire?

Donald Savoie’s new book is being written about alot considering I can’t get it at the local Chapters. However, I ordered it online and should have it in a week or so. Here’s the TJ’s take on it: Maritime ‘glory … Continue reading

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Who lobby’s for focus on FDI?

Wouldn’t it be neat if guys like me advocating more foreign direct investment had a lobby group with the power of the CFIB behind us? Those guys are well financed, well staffed and well researched. If we had anything like … Continue reading

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The more things change, the more they stay the same

Alec Bruce’s piece in the Times & Transcript that was refreshingly indignant about those who would say that Alberta’s economic boom is benefiting Atlantic Canada because our highly skilled tradespersons are going out there and ‘sending back their cheques’ to … Continue reading

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Fodder for the blogger

Quite possibly the worst thing to do to a blogger is lock him up in a car for 15 hours. You see, he (me) will seek out all possible news programming and then end up with a mind full of … Continue reading

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NB Libs release faulty auto insurance premium survey results

I don’t understand the provincial Liberal’s positioning on the auto insurance issue. I realize they are trying to differentiate their policies from the PCs and they see this as an opportunity but from a rationale perspective I can’t figure this … Continue reading

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