Monthly Archives: May 2011

Wallace McCain RIP

I have met many of New Brunswick’s business leaders over the years but I never had the opportunity to meet either of the McCain brothers but I have talked with a lot of folks that were impacted by them over … Continue reading

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The complicated marriage between economy, environment and social activism

I get tweets from the Conservation Council talking about the moral obligation we have to protect water habitat and tweets about Bill Clinton and social activism.  It just seem righteous and easy to support environmental or social activism.  And so … Continue reading

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The ghost of Bricklin and the death of ambition

There has been a lot written over the years about the Bricklin.  When I started working at the econ. dev. department in the early 1990s there were still a number of employees that had worked on or were there during … Continue reading

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How bad do you want it?

I had one of those conversations over the weekend with a thoughtful guy who is just convinced that places like New Brunswick can’t really build any competitive new industry clusters.  We are just too far out of the way, too … Continue reading

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Accessing the right envelopes

We talk about this a lot but it is a fascinating reality.  Yesterday I posted that the feds spend less on culture in New Brunswick than just about anywhere else.  We know the feds flow less R&D spending here than … Continue reading

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Feds underspending on culture in NB

Statistics Canada is out with its latest data on cultural spending by governments.  New Brunswick is second last in Canada in total spending (adjusted for population size).  The feds spend more here than in the past but still well below … Continue reading

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Political neophyte strikes again

Once again, I have revealed my lack of understanding of Canadian politics. I don’t think I have accurately predicted an election outcome in a decade. In my last post I was rambling on about permanent coalitions and regional parties and … Continue reading

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No changes predicted in NB?

The widely respected www.threehundredeight.com is predicting the NDP will make a massive breakthrough today and become the official opposition. The Tories will end up where they started with 143 seats. The author of 308 admits his riding by riding polls … Continue reading

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Desperately seeking relevance

Folks, I can tell you I have never seen such disgruntlement about economic development among key stakeholders. In Nova Scotia, RDAs are being shut down, some are being de-funded by their municipal funders. In New Brunswick more and more cities … Continue reading

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