Sometimes, the destination is the destination

You’ve heard the old epistemological saying about “the journey being the destination”. I guess that’s fine in some contexts but when it comes to economic development, the destination is the destination.

I read this morning in the T&T about the Premier’s trip to Toronto to woo businesses. If I was advising the Premier, I wouldn’t even talk about this stuff. It’s just process. They say McKenna made 30 calls to business leaders per day. Wait, and then tell us about results. The new companies setting up in New Brunswick, for example.

Former Premier Lord loved to talk process “the journey being the destination” kinds of things. Trade missions with Manitoba of all places. Missions to Russia. Speeches in Calgary. At the end of the day, a cynic might conclude these were never about results as we were never provided follow up with the details of all the jobs that came out of the mission with Manitoba to Texas. The cynic might conclude they were about making politicians look good – rather – busy.

These days I prefer my politicians out of sight, quietly getting it done. Of course, I am not talking about Richard Hatfield in the last three years out of sight.

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0 Responses to Sometimes, the destination is the destination

  1. nbt says:

    I think it may come down to the fact that the press (other than folks like yourself, David) really don’t want to delve into the details with regards to the local economy. Which is probably why they have talk ad nauseam about the marketing plan of the current government without once attempting to question them on benchmarks, targets and longterm goals. I’m not suggesting that the NB press are lazy and out of touch, but they could work on getting to the bottom of a few issues instead of just reporting the talking points straight from the premier’s office.

    I mean, honestly, the former shouldn’t be the job of bloggers, advocacy groups and watchdog organizations in this province.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You need to put up a post re your Wednesday TJ column so we can blog about it!

    So, out of place as it is, I’ll comment on your competitive power rate/economic development opportunity column.

    I think you make an excellent point but a low price is not the only aspect to promote. Thinking globally (e.g. vs China) long term stable supply, long term predictable pricing, green (or nearly green depending on definitions) energy can be important business influencers in addition to price alone.

    Properly packaged up and branded, I agree power could be an attractive economic development tool on top of the benefits our engineering and construction sectors will directly gain.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The nerve you struck…..again!

    Just finished reading your weekly article in the Telegraph, you are consistent, I will give you that.

    Another central planning socialist development scheme (Yes David, as much as you want to shake that label, you are through your ideas a central planner!) which is to leverage NB Power to offer cheap electricity to large employers – brilliant, add that to your patch work quilt of nonsense.

    I have a much better idea, instead of thinking that a bloated, inefficient, union burdened crown corporation subsidizing big industrial employers (Maybe a new Bricklin factory, eh??) at the expense of everybody else buying power will lead to economic growth, maybe we can instill some free market principals into the electricity market. 1) Separate the transmission and generating divisions of NB Power. 2) Remove all legislation of any kind that hinders private sector development of electricity generating capacity and have them compete with NB Power generation. The transmission lines responsibility is to provide the lowest cost power to the end user, whether that comes from Quebec, or from a new privately financed development of any kind. In conjunction with broad based tax cuts, and removal of red tape, you have laid the foundation toward a TRULY deregulated electricity market.(As opposed to the nonsense of Nova Scotia Power, and the mess in California).

    You also mention in flattering terms the Tennessee Valley Authority. I beg of you to do some research on this wealth destroying, socialist dream of FDRs. You will find that instead of being a catalyst to economic prosperity the TVA actually stunted the regions growth. Amazingly, counties in the heart of the TVA region were actually poorer than those just outside in a thorough analysis of the TVAs effect on prosperity. Imagine that! A taxpayer subsidized economic development agency — being a net loss! Who would of thunk it!

    David, if the TVA is even remotely similar to your plans for New Brunswick, and if anybody in power listens, I am given up and movin on out.

    PS: I recommend picking up Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt. It’s a great primer for those that lack a solid footing in clear economic thinking.

    The nerve you struck.

  4. David Campbell says:

    At least you don’t mince words.