Monthly Archives: November 2010

What’s the next discussion Canada needs to have?

I wrote a column a few weeks back lamenting the fact the Globe & Mail didn’t put regional development on its list of “discussions we need to have” as a country.   Now the Globe is back with “the next discussion Canada … Continue reading

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Cooperation. It’s simple, really.

What is amazing to me is that a lot of folks don’t seem to understand the most basic concept when it comes to cooperation:  it has to provide some type of mutual benefit and it can’t be seen to be … Continue reading

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Danny Williams RIP

Whenever a high profile provincial premier retires, there is a brief speculation about his/her federal intentions.    I suspect that this will not be the case with Danny.  He was master of his domain in Newfoundland that he would never match … Continue reading

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Geologists and energy experts

My column yesterday was on shale gas and my view that we need to treat that industry as a once-in-a-generation economic opportunity that could end up creating thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions in tax and royalty revenue to … Continue reading

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TLC – Don Roberts’ style

I heard Don Roberts – the CIBC vice chair and forestry industry expert – give a talk on Friday.  I had read his stuff but that was the first time I heard him talk.  He has a clarity in approach … Continue reading

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Data centres redux

Someone asked about data centres in the threads.  The truth is that a bunch of us were pushing NB to get out front and become an early adopter of this sector almost a decade ago.  With the advent of large … Continue reading

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Defining lazy

I was a guest on The Rutherford Show yesterday – I believe it is carried on a number of Alberta radio stations.  He asked me if I think that Maritimers are lazy – because of a comment I made in … Continue reading

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Stealth equalization

One of the lessons that economists are taught is not to equate correlation with causality.   For example, there may be a strong correlation between wealthy people and Italian shoes but that doesn’t mean that wearing Italian shoes will make you … Continue reading

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Ambition

I have been reading about the new crop of Brazilian firms that are investing abroad – mining, manufacturing, construction – even services.  As someone who has been travelling to Brazil for almost 20 years it has been an amazing transformation.  … Continue reading

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The Constitution

Someone sent me the relevant portion of the Canadian constitution to point out the federal government can’t deeply cut equalization payments (see below).  I have read this before and am actually fascinated by the language of this section of the … Continue reading

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