Once in a while, I will get an email or blog post from an irate reader that is unpostable. As I have said before, I don’t post comments that include overly foul language or nasty personal attacks.
Yesterday, my interlocutor once again suggested I was in the pockets of big business at the expense of the people and I should be ashamed of myself or something similar.
This stuff doesn’t bother me that much – although the assertion back during the NB Power debate that I had a Swiss bank account full of payoffs was, at least, creative.
But it is at these times I feel the need to reiterate for new readers my view on this.
I don’t really care too much about big corporations, millionaires or other holders of capital. They are going to invest their capital where they think it makes most sense (risk adjusted returns). That is why almost all of yours and my RRSPs and pensions (for those of you lucky to have one) are invested anywhere but New Brunswick. These are big boys and girls and they can take care of their own capital.
Economic development is about good jobs for normal New Brunswickers. It’s about fostering enough economic activity to pay for the public services we all want. Economic development is an enabler of other aspects of our personal and community lives that we hold dear.
I know for some people that distinction is hard to grasp. They will freely crap all over the business community – probably even knowing it will sour them on investing here – but they still do it in the name of the ‘people’ – standing up against the greedy corporate interests.
Sure there are some nasty entrepreneurs – and we need to have the laws and regulations to protect people but we also need to understand that without businesses investing their capital here we won’t have the jobs or the taxes that we need exposing us even further to the risk of transfers and the overall risk of apathy.
In the final analysis, I guess I am maybe a bit too pro-business – whatever that means. I appreciate those businesses that invest their capital here rather than elsewhere. I particularly like businesses that pay great wages, offer rewarding careers and take their social responsibility seriously.
But as far as I know there is no Swiss bank account with my name on it.
In the final analysis, I see my work as socially meaningful. I realize others will laugh at this but so be it. That guy in my church whose daughter had cancer and he was so thankful that he could stay in New Brunswick and be around his family because he got a job with company x – a company that I had personally worked to bring to the province – that mattered to me. It was a slap in the face moment that economic development matters.