Monthly Archives: February 2008

NAFTA SCHMAFTA

I just listened to Michigan’s governor ranting about the outrage that Ontario is now manufacturing more cars that her state. This, she said, is proof that NAFTA isn’t working. It must be reformed. But, Madam, The southern U.S. now produce … Continue reading

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What’s the next big idea?

I don’t know if it is ironic or not, but Albertans are restless. They are looking for the ‘next big idea’. This story outlines some of the big ideas that are being considered. Funny stuff. New Brunswick needs “the next … Continue reading

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A couple of blogs back, I said that New Brunswick should target the Arabian Peninsula. These countries have piles of cash to invest abroad to diversify their holdings. They are doing developments all over Europe and the US. Calgary is … Continue reading

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Overtaxed!

Al Hogan is right to be pushing this tax revolt! I was wrong! Gotcha. Statistics Canada just released its 2006 household spending data. Here is the average household expenditure on personal taxes: AB $18,616ONT 14,869BC 13,929CAN 13,634MAN 12,282SK 11,920QC 11,218NL … Continue reading

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Look to Halifax

I know that some snide remarks will be forthcoming but I still think that we should be impressed with the financial services back office sector development strategy in Halifax right now. While Premier MacDonald was ringing the NYSE bell on … Continue reading

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Another $200-million for the auto industry

A couple of years ago Ontario and the Feds put up $1 billion in cash subsidies for the auto sector in southern Ontario. The Globe is reporting that the Flaherty will be throwing another $200 million in the pot in … Continue reading

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Think, think, think

I have to admit a little nostalgia for kiddie movies. I used to watch several a week with my kids when they were young. I particularly liked Winnie the Pooh – who used to bang himself on the noggin and … Continue reading

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Rabid capitalists until…..

I once heard a business guru (I can’t remember which one) say that most CEOs are rabid capitalists until they pass through the door of their own business every morning. From that point on, they spend their time lobbying governments … Continue reading

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Tee hee hee

The ‘sleuth’ in the Times & Transcript is running another ‘rumour’ about Bernard Lord running in the next federal election. She says “There are some rumours that just refuse to die and Sleuth was hit again this week with one … Continue reading

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Premier Rodney MacDonald to ring the NYSE closing bell

Neat stuff: NOTE TO EDITORS–Premier To Visit New York Stock Exchange————————————————————Premier Rodney MacDonald will visit the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Feb. 26, to celebrate Nova Scotia’s recent success in the international financial services sector. Premier MacDonald will be … Continue reading

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