Monthly Archives: August 2007

Revenge of the fragile Premier

I can’t remember his name but it was one of that string of British Columbia Premiers who didn’t even last one term due to scandal or early election. Anyway, this guy was livid when UPS decided to consolidate its call … Continue reading

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Medical tourism

Every time Dr. Brian Day burps, there are dozens of articles about the woes and perils of ‘private’ health care. But have you ever heard once anyone talking about the potential of private health care as an economic development driver? … Continue reading

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Elephant in the room

I know that a lot of people that read this blog are appalled by government incentives to industry. I respect that opinion. In fact, I would fully support a full agreement among all North American jurisdictions to refrain from any … Continue reading

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Consulting while Rome burns

An article today about the NB consultations on the labour market: The Government of New Brunswick will bring together various stakeholders to build a province-wide strategy to help address the labour market imbalances. “Together we will develop and implement an … Continue reading

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Talking points

I see in the TJ that economic development folks are getting a little restless. Talking about the upcoming skilled labour shortage summit, several economic guys are stressing that it has to be more than ‘talk’ and actually result in tangible … Continue reading

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A good example

I have been calling for years for the provincial government to publish a good economic ‘scorecard’ which no government has done. The Lord government had a ‘report card’ but it was basically a marketing document where they tarted up a … Continue reading

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Lord to run McGill health care centre

Is there another Bernard Lord that we don’t know about? Did McGill hire the wrong guy? The TJ is running a story today that McGill recently hired the former premier to oversee its new health care institute for strategic analysis … Continue reading

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More on language-based immigration targets

How exactly does one set a language-based immigration ‘quota’? The Telegraph Journal keeps harping on this story – and it feels an awful lot like an ‘us’ versus ‘them’. Acadian groups support it and guys like Percy Mockler oppose it … Continue reading

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Exactly my point

I just read the front page of the TJ where someone is calling for language-based ‘quotas’ for immigration. She says if 30% of NBers are Francophones then so should 30% of immigrants. This kind of thing is exactly representative of … Continue reading

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Importance of having an urban centre

Alec Bruce uses his typical blend of humour, biting satire and good data in his column today. At issue is the TJ report on Tuesday that Nova Scotia is more prosperous than New Brunswick and that a key reason for … Continue reading

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