Monthly Archives: September 2010

Whither Self-sufficiency?

I have received eight emails in the past day or so about my column yesterday lamenting the fact that ‘self-sufficiency’ has disappeared at least from the politic-speak these days.  I realize the label was confusing to some but the idea … Continue reading

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NB Power – the gift that keeps on giving

NB Power – the gift that keeps on giving.  The following is from the provincial government’s 18-K filing with the U.S. SEC.  It is the section on budget to actual revenues.   Note the reason for the $158.9 million under projection … Continue reading

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R&D not usually an election topic

The politicians are crafting finely tuned, voter inducement packages – I could be wrong but it seems to me that this election is even more precise in its targeting niche voters than in previous years.  For example, the Liberals are … Continue reading

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Finn-ishing what was started

The People’s Alliance party sent out a tweet this am stating “Finn report means less power to the people and less democracy”. Of all the things I have heard about that report, I this that statement is the strangest of all.  The … Continue reading

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A history lesson

When I first moved to Moncton 13  years ago to work in economic development, I was given a copy of the book Resurgo which was published by the City of Moncton and was a history of the area going back … Continue reading

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Antisocial media

I’ve been following Tweets referencing the election in New Brunswick and it seems to be there is a fairly tight group of folks doing most of the commenting.  I heard back in 2006 the parties were paying people to comment … Continue reading

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The Ghost of Government Past

It’s interesting that Graham was able to deal Alward body blows over decisions made by the previous Tory government.  I thought he was going to break out Obama’s line about “giving them back the keys to the car after they … Continue reading

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To the Victor go the Spoiled

After Obama got elected, I heard a Republican commentator saying “who would want the job?”.  He went on to say that Obama would have to bear the brunt of the recession and that his party could regroup and get back … Continue reading

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Let’s Play Jobs Roulette!

Long time readers will remember that I dislike the way that politicans and governments use the Labour Force Survey data to spin their story.  Just by using a few tricks, you can show a better or worse job creation record … Continue reading

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Tom Adams’ bad mood

This is a stinging critique of the Tory energy policy study by the Toronto-based energy consultant, Tom Adams.  He hammers just about every major theme from natural gas to electricity rates and I don’t agree with much his commentary.  Some … Continue reading

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