Learning from Alec Bruce & Pierre Pelletier

Want to know where there is intersection between sex and economic development? Just read Alec Bruce’s column on Monday in the Times & Transcript on Wednesday. Alec starts by talking about New Brunswick’s low fertility rate and how that will end up impacting the province’s future. He kind of lays out the case for stimulating more procreation in New Brunswick and then concludes that ultimatley the best way to rebuild our base of young people is to attract them to good paying jobs as the result of a strong economic development strategy.

Bravo to Bruce for this conclusion but I wouldn’t completely discount the procreation approach. I have been told that Pierre Pelletier from the Olivier Soapery is rekindling interest in all things unmentionable by mentioning certain attributes of his company’s products that can stimulate interest. Apparently, I am told, his demonstrations of this can get, how can I say this, a little uncomfortable – especially for Anglos.

Anyway, I tend to agree as usual with Bruce. The reduction in fertility rates is a social issue much more intractable than even our economic problems. It’s my experience that a lot of people just can’t be bothered having kids (or more than one or so) with the hectic pace of life these days. And as a parent who has piano, dance, theatre, choir, basketball, swimming and church assignments for his kids on an almost daily basis, I can attest to the realities of modern parenthood.

That didn’t stop me from having three kids, however.

So to Alec Bruce I say keep nudging community leader feet to the fire and as for Pierre Pelletier, I may just have to take a ride out to the soapery to see just what’s going on out there…..

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0 Responses to Learning from Alec Bruce & Pierre Pelletier

  1. Anonymous says:

    The biggest exodus is young people, and as mentioned thats when people have children. In Quebec they tried the ‘hey get out and have children for your culture’ tact, but they even have close to universal child care and it didn’t wash. So certainly in NB its a non starter.

    When you have no economic security,no benefits, low pay, its pretty hard to be thinking about compounding your troubles with children. Not to be unkind but I don’t think having kids is a ‘moral virtue’, its simply a lifestyle choice. While NB’s population is declining, there is ample evidence on this planet that far fewer human beings on the planet can only help it.

    And of course you can go to charles website and see what people who have the gall to collect money from government and have children are thought of by many members of the population. If a parent can’t ‘pay’ for a child, the idea is that they shouldn’t procreate. So that’s double edged sword in a place with a lower than national standard of living.