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. Maybe I should stop into the Seattle Times to try and correct some perceptions. Here is an excerpt from an article in the Times:

Every day, Shell flies a Boeing 727 into the company’s private airstrip to rotate crews of workers from impoverished regions in Atlantic Canada.

This article is actually a pretty good one on the challenges associated with developing Alberta’s oilsands. I just bristle when I read a journalist use ‘impoverished’ and ‘Atlantic Canada’ in the same sentence. There may be companies in the readership area of the Seattle Times that are looking at this region for business investment. Who knows? Do they want to invest in a dynamic, emerging economy or an improverished region?

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0 Responses to Educating Americans

  1. Anonymous says:

    Part of the issue is does a company want to do business in an area that welcomes and supports them or bashes and criticizes every decision.

    Try an experiment on your travels. Ask a few people what they think about Boeing, Costco, Starbucks, or Microsoft. When you come back, ask a few locals about Irving or McCains. Then ask yourself where you’d rather have your company HQ.

    Are we ready to accept and celebrate success?

  2. mikel says:

    The truth is that the area IS impoverished, at least by any reasonable standards. It certainly isn’t the most impoverished place, doesn’t even compare with Africa or much of South America, even parts of europe.

    However, in North America the data has been supplied by this blog to show just how impoverished it really is. You can go to Charles Leblanc’s website and see pictures on any given day during the summer that often shows a dozen or more homeless people begging on the streets. Here in Waterloo, I even go looking for them, but you just don’t see them in the streets. Its not that there isn’t poverty here, but its certainly not as bad. I do volunteer work with one of the churches that actually delivers food right to people’s door.

    As was posted before, downtown St. John has an over 50% poverty rate, now surpassing much of central america (Venezuela now has about 35% in poverty).

    For the above, I’d have to say that is quite ludicrous, people ‘celebrate success’ the same in the maritimes as anywhere else. Irving has a STATUE for pete’s sake, nobody here is talking about making a statue for this Laradiris billionaire who throws his money around far more than Irving.

    For McCain, apart from agricultural studies there is almost NO criticism of them, just check the media. Virtually nobody badmouths them even though serious environmental charges can easily be laid at their door.

    For Irvings, there is of course criticism, but from the tax deals, pushing through environmentallly suspect projects, and just outright bullying behaviour, thats no surpries. But even there Irving usually gets a pass from most people because everybody in NB knows the value of a steady job.

    I don’t think I’ve seen ‘criticism’ of ANY corporate decisions. How much of Saskatchewan Potash did you hear in the news? How often do you hear people talking about Molson? Such things have ZERO effect on corporate policy, these people are no wallflowers-you think UPM was crying in their soup because some NBers were ‘saying nasty things’ about them? They couldn’t care less.

    The one ‘silver lining’ (not really) is that in another couple years that article will also be talking about Quebecers and ontarians moving en masse.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Tis true.
    A company would and do think twice about moving into Irving territory.
    Without their ok they won’t last long.
    Ask why a long line of shoppers loaded cars returned from U.S shopping trips this past week with an 85 cent dollar?
    Ask why Bangor to Florida flight is 79$ while canadian airlines want 1000$.
    Besides,comparing McCains,a well like company, to Irving is a bit of selective association.

  4. richard says:

    “Then ask yourself where you’d rather have your company HQ.”

    Perhaps not in an area where the current moguls control the hard copy press, or where the horizontal integration model is accepted and celebrated.

    A better test might be to determine how well the Irving/McCain model might work or not work in Washington State.