I’ll have more to say about this in my TJ column tomorrow but I’ll summarize a few points this morning. First, I think the new population statistics are encouraging so don’t get me wrong here. The population had been firmly going in the wrong direction for a number of years.
However, the spinners seem to over-spin in the hopes that the moderated version that ends up in the press will still be positive.
For example, the government press release states ” The largest number of interprovincial migrants since 1990 caused the population of New Brunswick to grow for the 13th consecutive quarter”. 396. That’s the number ‘largest’ number they are talking about. No mention of the -127 natural population decline – the largest natural population decline in – I think – forever.
The Minister is quoted as saying “”Some people say they’re ambitious goals. We feel that it’s important that we set high targets,” Arseneault, also the deputy premier, said in a phone interview Monday.”
It’s strange how in New Brunswick we lower the bar to rock bottom and then any slight move upwards is an ambitious goal. Having a population growth rate 70% slower than the Canadian average is now an ambitious goal.
It is certainly better than population decline, however. If you want my thinking on why population has grown – check out my TJ column tomorrow.