Monthly Archives: January 2007

NB exports to the EU down

Another example of the challenges facing New Brunswick in the area of exports. Just came across this statistic in a Statistics Canada report called “Canada’s Merchandise Trade with the European Union: 1995 to 2004“: Exports from Ontario to the EU … Continue reading

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Stuck in rut – Exhibit A

You want a perfect example of why the Federal government has overtly politicized its role in economic development? Here it is. Here’s the deal. The Federal and Quebec governments spend billions of dollars directly through large contracts and directly through … Continue reading

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We need a think tank

I was speaking with a colleague yesterday about my growing frustration with the vast majority of ‘right wing’ think tanks. Use that term ‘right wing’ lightly – I basically just mean the ones that don’t have Maude Barlow attached. You … Continue reading

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N.B. must dare to consider deficits

There’s an op-ed piece in the TJ today that dared to suggest the unthinkable (I have been saying this for years). That running small deficits to achieve your vision is not a bad idea. In the late 80s and early … Continue reading

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Bruce-ian logic prevails

Thanks to a tipster for reminding me to read the TJ editorials today. It would seem that Alec Bruce has evolved from the tabloid to the TJ but don’t expect him to kiss anyone’s rump. No, in fact, his editorial … Continue reading

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One final point about rural depopulation

The debate rages on. Outrage in the north. ‘Plain’ talk in the south. This corner still thinks there must be a better way. So let me talk to my fellow Canadians that live outside these borders for a moment (the … Continue reading

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How long before ‘New Government’ gets old?

It’s seems I’m not the only one curious about the ‘new government’ label: How long before ‘New Government’ gets old?Tories hang on to fresh labelNational PostJan 25 No matter how old it gets, Canada’s New Government — always capitalized — … Continue reading

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Depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is

I am not going to write a long post on this issue of emptying northern New Brunswick. It’s all over the papers, radio and even a few blogs. My position on the need for strong regions in New Brunswick is … Continue reading

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Twilight zone redux

I just heard former Premier Lord on the radio essentially echoing my position on this urban/rural issue. Up to and including his comment that even as some are calling for depopulation of rural NB there are folks in Ontario calling … Continue reading

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A Call to Action

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