Monthly Archives: November 2008

Educating Americans

We know that a lot of central and western Canadians have skewed perceptions of Atlantic Canada but most of us think the average American doesn’t have any view of Atlantic Canada at all. I’ll be in Seattle briefly next week. … Continue reading

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Gunfight at the O (Ottawa) K Corral

Crazy stuff going on in Ottawa these days. I have come to the conclusion (maybe you have too) that our national government is not really really ready to govern without a majority party. We got used to single party led … Continue reading

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Atlantic Canada Dataville – the Information Switzerland

Looks like someone in Nova Scotia is taking the data centre industry seriously. My fingers are calloused from all my posts about the opportunity of data centres. Who knows? The current economic crisis presents the Atlantic region with a unique … Continue reading

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The wheels on the bus go round and round….

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round and round….. Check out some of the content in David Alward’s commentary today in the TJ: … Continue reading

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Staple it together

I got several emails about the last post on equalization so let me clarify again that I am not against the concept of equalization or transfers from a federal government to provincial governments to ensure that a similar level of … Continue reading

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Look at the broader picture

David Murrell from UNB is weighing in on the Equalization question. He’s reasonably sensible on the issue – contrasting himself from AIMS. I have a slightly different view. On the revenue side, instead of focusing on Equalization my focus is … Continue reading

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Attracting good wage jobs

I see that NSBI has attracted two IT companies in the past week. One is based in New Brunswick and the other in Ottawa. I think the key to these jobs is simple. One, they are at salaries well above … Continue reading

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Follow up to previous post

You know I am not much of a spin doctor but I just came up with a great new slogan for the Liberals as part of their strategy to attract people back to New Brunswick. For every 500 people that … Continue reading

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Speech from the Throne

It’s hard to get much out of a speech to the throne. There wasn’t much that looked interesting from an economic development standpoint. I’ll make a couple of points: Now more than ever, New Brunswick must be competitive in demonstrating … Continue reading

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As you know, in recent years, I have become a big believer that we need to have far more discussion in the public square about economic development and the role of government and communities in fostering economic development. There are … Continue reading

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