I guess continued downsizing at Aliant is somewhat inevitable because of increasing competition and the fact that decisions are made further and further from the region. It doesn’t look like any of the senior management there were original NBTelers – or at least any that I recognize. They say cream rises to the top – if so how come the Helena Cains, the Curtis Howes, the Joe Moshers aren’t running Aliant now – or at least among the top executives?
I still can’t get a good answer for why NBTel didn’t become Telus. When I was there in the 1990s, Telus (the original version) was just the Alberta incumbent telephone company. Why did Telus become a national telecom powerhouse and NBTel morph into a small, powerless division within a small regional local service-based telephone company in Atlantic Canada?
This stuff matters. In the long term scheme of things this stuff matters. People complain about my strategy to attract global companies and say “look at Irving – look at McCain – look at Ganong – New Brunswickers can compete anywhere!”. Those companies were founded generations ago. I want to know why the most innovative telecom company in Canada in the early 1990s is now a shadow of its former self. If we can figure that out we may be closer to solving the riddle of economic development in this province.