Monthly Archives: March 2009

Lots of opportunity

Look folks there are all kinds of opportunities for New Brunswick to go after to achieve its economic development goals.  It just has to get serious about getting it done.  Here is a quick hit list: Energy – I am … Continue reading

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Wooing Daewoo

Premier Rodney MacDonald is in Korea this week hoping to woo a large corporation into doing business in Nova Scotia. At the end of 2008, the province signed a memorandum of understanding with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering to look … Continue reading

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The definition of relativity

The Globe is reporting on the strong increase in EI beneficiaries in the past month.  The report intones that the growth in the number of employment insurance beneficiaries was “especially strong in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, all of which recorded … Continue reading

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Warning! Public service is dangerous work

Just got a look at the new workforce absenteeism tables from Statistics Canada.  Did you know the average public sector worker takes double the days off for illness or disability than the average worker in the construction sector?  Time to recalibrate … Continue reading

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Film industry

I am not as big a fan of the movie/TV biz as some economic development types but I do see its potential – particularly as it relates to building a creative culture in the province.  I see here that there … Continue reading

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Whither conservativism in NB?

The subtext, of course, to the overwhelmingly positive response to the NB budget is what to do if you are a conservative.  The rightest of the right wing think tanks, AIMS, was gushing like a love struck teenager in the … Continue reading

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Is road building the best way to create jobs?

Nova Scotia will invest $1.9 billion over the next three years in infrastructure, one of the largest such commitments in the province’s history. Funds will be channelled through the Building for Growth plan, the premier’s office announced. Investment and job-creation … Continue reading

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Clarifying the corporate tax issue

In light of the Fraser Institute’s assertion that cutting the corporate tax rate a few points will stimulate massive new business investment, I thought I would refresh our collective memories about the overall impact of taxes on total business costs.  … Continue reading

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It will ‘dramatically attract business investment': Fraser Institute

I wonder if this guy even looked at it. Niels Veldhuis, senior economist at the Fraser Institute, called the corporate tax reductions a dramatic move by government. “This will drastically improve the investment incentives for not only businesses currently in … Continue reading

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A little free advice to the pols

Here’s a little free advice to the politicians. If you are getting positive coverage of a budget on the editorial page of the Times & Transcript you are doing something wrong.   For example, the T&T says: The Graham government has … Continue reading

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