Monthly Archives: April 2012

It’s the economy, stupid. It’s mine, all mine!

My favourite NB economist (turned court reporter?), Kurt Peacock, mentioned my blog “It’s the economy, stupid” in his TJ column yesterday.  I presented to a group in Halifax yesterday where the person who introduced me made some nice comments about … Continue reading

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New household spending data reveals interesting trends

One of my favourite Stats Can surveys is the household spending survey because you get the minutiae of how the average household spends its money and the results can be kind of interesting. Only one province spends less of its avg. household … Continue reading

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The docs are against hydraulic fracturing

I just read the CBC article about New Brunswick’s docs coming out calling for a moratorium on shale gas development.   They are definitely at the vanguard on this.  When BC just announced its new energy strategy which has hydraulic … Continue reading

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10 year absenteeism trends in Canada

More statistics on absenteeism for your review.   Provincial Comparison: Total, days lost (excluding maternity leave) – 2011 Both sexes/Total, all industries/15 years and over  Days: 2001-11 % Change Saskatchewan  11.0 11.1% New Brunswick  10.8 5.9% Quebec  10.8 18.7% Nova … Continue reading

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Workforce Absenteeism New Brunswick

My column in the TJ tomorrow covers the new absenteeism data for New Brunswick and the other provinces.   I don’t do much speculation on the reasons why absenteeism is higher in New Brunswick (subjective) but I do say the … Continue reading

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More economic growth, more charity?

In a forthcoming column, I am talking about the new Statistics Canada data on charitable giving across the country – using taxfiler data.  I won’t replicate that content here but I will point out a few interesting findings in the … Continue reading

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Easy to say, hard to do

Brian Gallant, the dewy-eyed dragon slayer running to lead the provincial Libs, wrote an op/ed recently where he elegantly called for ‘real’ consultation of the people and for government that goes beyond four year cycles. I wonder if Bernard Lord’s … Continue reading

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Ode to New Brunswick?

As part of the Greater Moncton Chorale, I sang with Kim Stockwood at the ECMAs on Sunday night.   We sang Ode to Newfoundland.  Another singer sang about having to leave her native Nova Scotia and the pangs of regret … Continue reading

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The feds giveth and taketh

I have pointed out before that the federal government was a significant source of employment growth in New Brunswick over the past decade.  They cut hard in the 1990s and then added back almost 2,000 high paying jobs from 2000 … Continue reading

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Reducing the growth in public spending will be hard

The following chart shows economic growth in Canada on a per capita basis during the ‘boom’ years of 1999 to 2008.  I put this chart together to illustrate an important point.  The government sector grew strongly during that decade but … Continue reading

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