Someone reminded me this morning about the rumour last year that New Brunswick was at least pitching VW on the possibility of putting that plant in this province. I could never confirm this by any serious source but it was floating around the ether.
It seems to me (and I have said this before) that BNB should put out there as much as possible their actions/efforts. Maybe they should publish a “notes from the road” blog where they inform the public on some of the companies/deals they are pursuing. Sure, I know that some projects are confidential but if Daulton McGuinty can get national press about his visit to Italy to pitch Fiat for Ontario, why couldn’t Premier Graham do the same?
Even after the fact, it would be helpful for the public to know that BNB was at least pursuing some big deals. Many U.S. state officials come out after the fact and talk about how they were pursuing these large projects, what they were offering, etc.
It seems to me that if BNB wanted public support for big investment projects, they should be more open about what they are up to. Again, I think this can be done within the bounds of any confidentiality.