Monthly Archives: December 2010

Are we being taxed into poverty?

About the only way to get attention as a new political party is to make bold statements or do something else to get people to look your way.  This is the case with the People’s Alliance column this am where … Continue reading

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A Shermanesque government

For some reason the new Tory government feels the need to be Shermanesque in its pronouncements.  We have “no raising of the HST”, “no closing of hospitals” and a round of other absolutes that either restricts their ability to make … Continue reading

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Physician heal thy system

My column this morning is on health care.   I don’t pretend to be an expert in health care economics but I have studied the data in fair detail and was involved in the preparation of two health care regional strategic … Continue reading

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Good Will Hunting

I see that Premier Alward has a 61% approval rating among those with an opinion in the latest opinion poll.   There is a lot of good will for the Conservatives right now but we don’t need to go back to … Continue reading

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More on future generations

My column on Saturday mused about this idea of doing something for future generations.  At the Future NB summit several speakers told us we need to fix our current challenges for our grandkids.  I stated that in 1971 there were … Continue reading

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Kudos to the new gov

I guess it’s a little thing but I have to say the spinning – so far – out of the new government is much more measured than in the past.  Some will say this is because they are new and … Continue reading

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Labour market blues

Hopefully these numbers will turn around eventually.  NB shed more employment last month – just a small amount but nevertheless this makes a continuing jobs slide that has lasted since some time last year.  There were an estimated 361,700 persons … Continue reading

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Fraser trying to institute

What amazes me is that the Fraser Institute can say things – sometimes wild things – and there is virtually no push back.  The best journalists are those that can smell a rat – and call out the so-called experts. … Continue reading

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Suzuki is right, but…

One quick final point on Future NB.  I had several conversations about David Suzuki and his imperative that we need to ramp down consumption to be a more sustainable place.  I think on a macro and micro level that makes … Continue reading

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It’s the feedback, folks

I wanted to quickly thank all the people that expressed their appreciation of this blog – there must have been 30-40 people tell me they regularly read this.  I appreciate it.  I see the traffic to the site but as … Continue reading

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