Dalhousie on my mind

You know I appreciate all the effort to keep failing pulp, paper and sawmills propped up but I think most of that is being done because nobody’s looking at any real new ideas. I have talked about a lack of imagination these days and I really see it in northern New Brunswick.

What about this?

Here’s the blurb:

Ascension Economic Development Corp. is at the forefront of identifying large tracts of land available for fast development in southeast Louisiana and creating the first “certified” deep water megasites in the country along the Mississippi River working with Peake Consulting, a national site selection and development firm. The two sites identified are over 1,000 acres and are located on the Mississippi River with numerous other location advantages including utility infrastructure, suitability for dock construction, rail and an available workforce.

Now, the port of Belledune is a deep water port. It has rail access. It has large tracts of land that could be made available.

Why aren’t we doing this? The first Canadian ‘certified’ deep water megasite. Attract a Volkswagen plant. Howdy doody.

You got a better idea?

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0 Responses to Dalhousie on my mind

  1. NB taxpayer says:

    Here’s a bibliography of a few studies which were completed in the 1970s regarding the position of the straight of Canso as a global superport for petroleum products (as well as other industries).

    Reason for failure: politics (few voices advocating in its favour in Ottawa), small market (positioning) and failure to commit to one industry at the proper time.

    Anyway, you can take it or leave it, but it could be a good benchmark for thinly populated areas hoping to develop a major facility in their region. The prospects aren’t good for various reasons.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You are bang-on that it is time to stop the life support and focus on new opportunities. However, it is depressing to see the results of neglect of true economic development in favour of short-sited vote buying announcements. The web link you provide makes for some shocking comparisons regarding the ‘package’ that is offered. Some comparisons (remember, this is Louisiana, one of the poorest states):

    Louisiana: Tax incentives including a low sales tax rate and reduced business taxes

    NB: The only province to raise business taxes this year, raise income taxes and now looking at sales tax increases

    Louisiana: Rapidly increasing population (27.5 % over 6 years)

    NB: declining population, fragmented and ineffective immigration approach

    Louisiana: “ Productive and committed workforce”

    NB: Some, (not all), workers apparently willing to invest more energy to campaign for enhanced EI benefits than in their career

    Louisiana: Colleges working with industry to develop applicable programs

    NB: Colleges building research centers while industry is desperate for more graduates. Universities defiantly protesting the thought of any connection/obligation between post secondary education and industry/business

    Louisiana: “Aggressive” education system

    NB: Worst in the country (but committed to more studies)

    We need to change but we have a long way to go and a lot of ineffective paradigms to overcome. We also need to show some unity to get the feds on board. Adversity can provoke change so let’s hope this incident entices people to think differently.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What about reconditioning a large manufacturinging plant with an attached dock and proximity to the Saint Lawrence Seaway. There has to be some use for it. Hydroponics? Auto parts plant? Alternative energy manufacturing?