Monthly Archives: October 2006

Big pharma in Moncton?

Monctonlandlord brought this article to my attention in another post. In an online news source for the pharmaceutical industry, it quotes the recent KPMG study and mentions Moncton as one of the most cost effective places to manufacturing drugs in … Continue reading

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Quebec nation

I have to admit some confusion over the English media’s rush to poo poo any thought of a Quebec ‘nation’ within the ‘country’ of Canada. These paragons of intellectualism fear that this will lead to more handouts and powers for … Continue reading

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Sunday night, feeling old & tired

I just got done listening to a little bit of Cross Country Checkup on CBC. Rex is in Newfoundland and the program is on out-migration from – essentially the Atl. Provinces to central and western Canada. I just had to … Continue reading

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Urban cowboys, rural slickers – always made sense to me

I have been saying on this blog and in conversation for the past 10 years that we need to build better linkages between rural and urban populations and that this will be critical to stopping depopulation particularly in New Brunswick … Continue reading

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Economic development can be simple, it really can

According to the article below Ubisoft is having a tough time recruiting video game developers in Montreal. I happen to know a few video game developers and while they are a unique breed, the skills they have can be taught. … Continue reading

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First past the post, toast and/or the Advil

I am actually quite supportive of attempts at electoral reform that would end up with parties that get lots of votes but not enough in a single riding to still be represented in the legislature. But the more I look … Continue reading

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Hey, over here, I’m a ‘beer and popcorn’ guy too!

What’s new? The Feds are awash in cash. According to the G&M this a.m., Ottawa is running a $6.7-billion budget surplus five months into the fiscal year, $2-billion ahead of where it stood one year ago. The Globe believes this … Continue reading

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This must bite

Every time former Premier Lord speaks, its to talk about his wonderful record while in office. It’s as if he (and most Tories) think the recent electoral loss was more about Lord’s ability to communicate all the prosperity heaped on … Continue reading

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To what end?

Let’s be clear about my position at the front end. I believe that labour mobility is a key element of a successful economy. There should be limited barriers to people moving to where the jobs are in Canada. That holds … Continue reading

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When will unions come around?

There must be a lot of frustrated economic developers in Milwaukee these days. Before I make my point, you need to understand that Milwaukee has had one of the most challenging economies of any urban area in the USA. From … Continue reading

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