You have to wonder what goes on in the mind of some people. Here’s an excerpt from a TJ story this morning:
During public accounts hearings Tuesday, the Department of Natural Resources assistant deputy minister, Cecil Freeman, said promising oil and gas exploration could transform New Brunswick’s economy like it has in Newfoundland.
In an interview after the hearings, Freeman said he had seen a steady increase in companies interested in the province’s resources. “We actually have something to sell,” he said, adding that his work at Business New Brunswick – trying to lure companies to the province – was a tougher sell.
I have already shown in this blog that it would take an expotential increase in oil and gas activity to even come close to Newfoundland. The total value of oil and gas extraction exports in 2007 from NL was over $6 billion and with the refined oil it goes to over $9 billion and that is before Hebron which will almost double those numbers again.
In New Brunswick, total value of oil and gas extraction exports in 2007 was $37 million – down from $53 million in 2006. Or about 0.4% for of the current NL level – for those of you who like percentages.
What really frustrates me about this Cecil Freeman is that line “trying to lure companies to the province is a tougher sell.” I am tired of having non-believers in New Brunswicks ability to attract industry directly involved with attracting industry. That’s bright. Let’s go out and find a bunch of people that don’t believe New Brunswick can attract industry and put them in charge of attracting industry.
Secondly, why wasn’t Freeman trying to do anything to ensure that New Brunswick has ‘something to sell’. I am also tired of people who don’t believe in New Brunswick and don’t lift a finger to change anything. Business New Brunswick and the Government of New Brunswick can change things. They can put investments and policies in place that make New Brunswick attractive for certain industries. There just hasn’t been much interest.
Then we port Cecil Freeman over to Natural Resources to push fantasies on the people of New Brunswick.
I weep for the future.