Monthly Archives: June 2009

Retrospective Auditing of Economic Development

The TJ outlines their recommendations for a makeover of BNB.  I would offer one more piece of humble advice to the new Minister of BNB. I think it is time for a retrospective audit of economic development outcomes in New … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Road: Buzios, Brazil

I’m convinced more than ever in the importance of good economic development policy and efforts.  Brazil is one huge test market for such things and some have been successful and some have failed spectacularly. The fundamentals are the fundamentals.  Education … Continue reading

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NBSC Survey

The NB Securities Commission has a survey they would like interested folks to fill out on investor information in New Brunswick.  I think this is important and if you are interested in such things, I encourage you to fill it … Continue reading

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Probably a good expenditure cut

Premier Shawn Graham has decided to save money rather than replace the provincial government’s representative in Ottawa.  Cutting the Ottawa office will save $150,000 a year, the cost of rent, phone, supplies and salary and expenses. New Brunswick had shared … Continue reading

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This could be good news

Quebec Premier Jean Charest and New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham today announced their desire to step up their discussions with a view to developing partnerships in the energy sector. The premiers have directed their energy officials, as well as representatives … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Road: Sao Paulo, Brazil

22 hours from leaving Moncton to arriving at my destination here in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  11 million people in the city.  20+ million in the metro area.  Wall to wall traffic.  The recession doesn’t seem to have had much impact … Continue reading

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One big happy family

I just wanted to follow up quickly on one more point relating to my previous mini-rant.  These guys at AIMS and Fraser, et. al. are now constantly talking about how we need workers to move from areas where there are … Continue reading

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AIMS is wrong

David MacKinnon, senior fellow in the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, serves up another doozy in this Op/Ed piece called “Ontario can’t be Canada’s ATM”.  I’m not going to cut and paste his content because I think you know what … Continue reading

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Geocaching an instructive example

I’m not a huge fan of tourism as an economic development driver but I do realize there is a place for it in the overall scheme of things. It’s interesting that the Telegraph Journal is reporting that New Brunswick is … Continue reading

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Saskatchewan and the Energy Hub

Funny, New Brunswick has been in the nuclear power business for decades and it is Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall who is moving to build a nuclear reactor and transform his province into a producer of medical isotopes – and a … Continue reading

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