The ‘alternate’ Statistics Canada that no one else knows about

Kirk Macdonald is advising everyone to go to Statistics Canada to check out how great New Brunswick’s economy is doing. He may want to retract that little recommendation as going there will reveal serious export troubles, fast rising poverty, the lowest rates of Internet usage in Canada, depopulation, etc.

Apparently Macdonald and Jeannot Volpe have an ‘alternate’ Statistics Canada that no one else knows about. From this morning’s T&T:

Finance Minister Jeannot Volpé he doesn’t know where Graham got his figures and he highlighted new numbers showing New Brunswickers are near the top of the list when it comes to household income.

It must have been these numbers – out just two weeks ago – showing the province 8th out of 10 provinces for after tax income. That study revealed other interesting facts. Why does the average NB family require 23% more government transfers than the average Nova Scotia family? Why does the average NB family pay 13% less income taxes than the average Nova Scotia family?

Volpe and Macdonald better provide the URL to this alternate Statistics Canada source.

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0 Responses to The ‘alternate’ Statistics Canada that no one else knows about

  1. ConcernedNBer says:

    To comment on the lowest internet usage in Canada. This is a huge problem for our province, specifically in Northern NB. Many areas in NB do not have HS internet and if they do, it’s very expensive considering people have families to feed and keep warm. The problem with no access is that that most jobs are now posted online now versus in the paper. How is a low income family member suppossed to find work or a higher paying job if they can’t access the listings?

    I also beleive that if more NB’ers were on the net, they would be more informed about issues affecting our province. I would love to see affordable broadband internet access as an election issue. Everyone knows that the internet is a necessity now a days.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I would go even further. High speed internet is literally (I think) an issue of canadian rights. Access to high speed internet is far more important than road, rail, and air traffic.

    Not only are jobs posted online, but entire industries only take place online. Coffeecup, Flash, etc., etc., are all net denizens that exist nowhere else.

    At least individuals have the opportunity to advance with the net. Even if you have no educational facilities nearby the net offers unlimited free courses, tutorials, etc. Canada Post is now advertising for Ebay, saying the average home has $1500 worth of stuff to be sold. Ebay and other online stores offer rural people unlimited possibilites, but without access, it can’t even be discussed.

    McKenna at least realized that. With wireless getting common and cheap there is no reason every community can’t be hi-wi ready. Hell, I was reading that even some fishing co-ops had satellite so they could find the best markets while they were at sea.

    That doesn’t even get into entertainment possibilites, file sharing, video conferencing, etc., etc.

    This is simply another example of how rural areas are screwed by city areas. Of course to be fair the City of Fredericton set up their own, with help from the province, but I think the above post is right on that this should be an election issue.

  3. David Campbell says:

    Tee hee hee. You guys/gals are right but good luck. We were in 7th place among the provinces in 1999. Even Newfoundland passed us. There’s no interest at all on this issue.

    However, they are receptive to media reporting. Get this issue talked about in the mainstream media and hey ‘presto’ you’ll probably get it on the agenda. But until then, out of sight out of mind.