I’m trying to write using the Blackberry this morning. Am on my way to the nation’s capital but the kids wanted to stop off here.
Read the recent thread between Vincerolly and Mikel below. That’s the kind of dialogue I like to see here although I realize that people are busy.
I am listening to Gladwell’s Outliers on the trip up here. I’ll have more to say on this but I think there is an interesting application of his theory to help understand why places like NB chronically underperform.
I also listened to a podcast from IBM’s Institute for Economic Development based in Ireland. Maybe we should try and get IBM to put a similar facility in NB.
I see that NB is goiing to be ‘protected’ in any Senate reform. Phew. The current model has worked so well for us I am glad we will be protected. Maybe we should go Serengeti Plain with our politics. Maybe we would be forced to rethink things.
Front page ROB story yesterday on the potential impact of the Fort Macmurray slowdown on places like NB. I wrote this story in my column three weeks ago. Glad to se it gaining nationa attention because it is serious.
Finally, I have to chuckle when I hear NB politician’s talking about the need for a stimulus package. It’s fun. If ontario had the economic performance of NB over the past decade it would have been a national diaster. We bragged about it. Now that the national economy is going into a funk NB now needs a ‘stimulus’. We needed a stimulus five years ago – ten – when we realized that the economy wasn’t even creating enough jobs to sustain the current population.