Sidle up to the Harper trough

I had an interesting discussion with a couple of Tory friends before the last Federal election and they were adamant that Harper and crew would be putting an end to corporate welfare.

I chuckled then and I chuckle now.

They dress it up as ‘innovation’ or ‘R&D support’ or (as in the Alberta case) ‘tax breaks to stimulate investment’.

But no matter how you wordsmith it, the results are the same. Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. is going to get a pile of more dough (or contracts or whatever) to put jobs in Montreal and Toronto.

This after these same Tories strongly criticized Pratt & Whitney for being the largest recipient of the reviled Technology Partnerships Canada fund under the Liberals.

I could be wrong about this.

They could be announcing that Pratt has agreed to pay back their TPC contribution.


Then somewhere some National Post columnist will complain about a ten buck deal in Atlantic Canada and how it’s immoral to use taxpayer dollars to try and stimulate economic growth in this region.

And some sense of normalcy pervades the landscape once again….

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0 Responses to Sidle up to the Harper trough

  1. scott says:

    Nice get, David!

    If there is one thing that Premier Shawn Graham can do, it is to press the current prime minister on where exactly we [New Brunswickers] fit within the National Policy [national economy].

    For far too long now, Ottawa’s commitment to regional development has been to use one-off policies as a solution to slow growth. However, when it comes to addressing the national economy (usually central Canada), it is alright to refer to it as a national strategy, especially if it involves the aerospace or auto industry.

    This approach is simply wrong and does absolutely nothing to address the need for a true national strategy for economic development.

    Again, if there is one thing our Premier can do while in office, it will be to press the prime minister to recognize New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada as a true player in their national policy schemes. If nothing changes on this front and soon, there will be no chance for our province to move forward economically where we can finally shed our “have not” status.

  2. Paulin says:

    We have a magnificient sea port in Belledune but we need better infrastucture. Better road leading from Belledune to the states and maybe gas.

    I could see Merck-Frost making the next pill here in Bathurst. We have an College with a good program in analytical laboratory. Also UdeM produce so much Biochemist per year but nobody stays in the province because they are no jobs. With a little help from the governement and the right leadership, the Chaleur region could have easily different industries than mining and forestry.

  3. David Campbell says:

    Three cheers for Chaleur. Go get ’em.