Monthly Archives: May 2007

PEI, learn from New Brunswick

Sometimes the political need for change sweeps across a province. Take New Brunswick circa 1999 and Canada circa 2006. Evidently Islanders felt the same yesterday. But I hope, upon hope, that the Liberal government on PEI not only continues many … Continue reading

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On turismo and Starbucks

I don’t mean to beat the issue to death, but after reading more gushing editorials and comments about the new tourism money from the government of New Brunswick, I just have one question. For all of the pundits, journalists and … Continue reading

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Annual pilgrimage

I am heading down south today for my annual pilgrimage. Sao Paulo, Brazil is the destination. A city of 11 million and a metropolitan population of 29 million. But there are great restaurants, lots of things to do. Lots of … Continue reading

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Time to stir the pot a bit

It’s funny how things go. In the mid 1990s, the Dept. of Economic Dev. & Tourism brought in an economic development guru (I can’t remember his name) and he made a very good presentation on how governments can support effective … Continue reading

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Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war

From today’s TJ: New Brunswick’s largest public sector union is warning the province’s labour peace could end abruptly if the Liberal government pushes forward with a controversial proposal on merging union contracts. The Self-Sufficiency Task Force’s call for a single, … Continue reading

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Rethinking things

Maybe it’s because I have worked with 11 different economic development agencies (federal, provincial, local and U.S) over the past 12 months. Or maybe it’s because I leave this Sunday on a three week vacation. Or maybe it’s because I … Continue reading

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Blue sky, green trees, hmmmmm

I had dinner last night with a few of the region’s top economic developers (in my humble opinion) – at least the top thinkers about this stuff. And I posed a question to this gang. Take away all the perceived … Continue reading

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Courting Mission Impossible

The TJ’s running a story this morning called “Courting Club Fed” about attempts to attract federal government employment to New Brunswick. The article states: In 2005, it [the percentage of all federal government workers in Ottawa] was precisely 31 per … Continue reading

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Let he who is without a vested interest cast the first stone

I was reminded again recently about how easy it is to criticize attempts to attract industry and grow the economy. An economic developer friend of mine was commenting on a certain corporate interest in the province and why they have … Continue reading

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Health care ‘voodoo’ economics

Would somebody please explain the New Brunswick (and while you are at it the Canadian) health care system to me? Specifically, the economics of it. I have an MBA and graduate level education in economics but I can’t figure it … Continue reading

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