Monthly Archives: October 2007

Shake things up a bit

My column in the TJ this a.m. comes at it from a different angle. My intent with the column is to systematically make the points that I try to convey on this blog: the underfunding of economic development; the misallocation … Continue reading

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Cuttin’ those small business taxes worked!

This is from a recent report out of B.C.: Over the last five years, British Columbia has led the country in growth in the number of small businesses. Between 2001 and 2006, the count of small businesses in the province … Continue reading

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Funny stuff

It turns out that the New Brunswick government is prepared to give large scale incentives – just not to good projects. NB Taxpayer (with hand shaking on the mouse) sent this link. $78.5 million to prop up 365 jobs. That’s … Continue reading

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Per Crapita – the ultimate spin

Someone sent me an email yesterday, talking about New Brunswick’s GDP per capita has performed well in recent years and that I should stop spinning out distorted economic facts. So, this morning, I will give you a little lesson in … Continue reading

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Get a job

The TJ is reporting this morning about the efforts to attract skilled workers back to New Brunswick. The Minister of BNB is leading a delegation of economic development guys/gals and business leaders to Montreal and Toronto to highlight “Up to … Continue reading

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Happy 20th anniversary

Happy anniversary, Frank. This is the 20th anniversary of Frank McKenna’s coming to power in 1987. A lot has changed since then, some good and some decidedly bad. In celebration of McKenna’s anniversary, let’s take a little look back at … Continue reading

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A convenient directory of all that pork

NB Taxpayer has been particularly cranky lately calling me names, questionning my objectivity and my taste in clothing. However, in the spirit of goodwill and no hard feelings, I have decided to pass on here the contents of an email … Continue reading

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A short follow up

….to my last post. How many times have you heard (or said) the following style of statement: You have to have a good education system to foster economic development. You have to have a good health care system or people … Continue reading

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Happy anniversary to me

1,517 blogs spread over there years. Over 6,000 comments. 300+ graphs and charts. I started with my first blog on October 28th, 2004. You can read it here to get a sense of what I was trying to do. I … Continue reading

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Don’t put your trust in false hope

The T&T is selling dreams of oil & gas exploration powering the NB economy. Once again, Al Hogan loves to hype stuff up with no facts. The McCully field is producing and is profitable (as I understand it). Last year, … Continue reading

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