Monthly Archives: October 2007

Another dose of sarcasm – part deux

I’m just going to let you read this. It is taken from the application requirements for the new NB Growth fund: Eligible salary costs are the initial year gross salaries of full-time (i.e. 35 hrs/week) positions which are newly created … Continue reading

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Some guys get all the luck

Come and listen to a story about a man named JedA poor Albert County man, barely kept his family fed,Then one day he was shootin at some food,And up through his iPod earphones he heard about Nova Scotia’s bubblin crude. … Continue reading

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Odds & ends

Once again it seems that Al Hogan and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum. I said the other day that maybe we should rethink how we get funds from Ottawa – it seems much easier to get money … Continue reading

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A radio quality face

In the 1990s, I had the opportunity to take an executive sales course. We were learning how to sell big ticket items to C level executives. The thought was that selling New Brunswick to a company on a deal that … Continue reading

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Spending money

I don’t know much about how government decides how to spend its money. I study it probably more than most – but I still don’t understand the mechanics of how money is spent. For example, it seems relatively easy to … Continue reading

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The straight talk tax express didn’t stop in British Columbia

I guess the Jack Mintz Straight Talk Tax Express didn’t make it to British Columbia. What was it Jack said just last week in New Brunswick? Oh, that’s right. He said that tax credit programs were what “poor nations, less … Continue reading

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Taking the easy way out

Sometimes I can’t believe I am the guy arguing against tax cuts in New Brunswick. It seems, on the face of it, to be counter to a pro-economic development mindset. But after reading Al Hogan’s 743rd editorial asking for deep … Continue reading

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Rodney Weston’s grin

I read Rodney Weston’s op-ed piece in the TJ this morning. He basically was telling Shawn Graham “I told you so” – it easy to lob softballs from the opposition benches but much harder to make decisions once in power. … Continue reading

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Province exceeds business envoys target

Shipley’s got a piece in the TJ today saying that the province has exceeded its target for 100 business ambassadors. While in general I think this is great, I do have to say that I remain a little suspicious of … Continue reading

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Milk that for all its worth, you jerk

How’s that for a title? Moncton is the most polite city in Canada according to new Readers Digest research. Ottawa is the least polite. In a world of increasing acrimony and rancour – blogs, talk shows, politics, etc. – I … Continue reading

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