Monthly Archives: September 2012

Quebec, shale gas and Pandora’s Box

I already received an email this morning suggesting that no one has the right to tell Quebec which industries it can or can’t development.   If they were to re-read my column in the Economy Lab they would see the … Continue reading

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Regional Economic Development: Whither Strategy? Advocacy? Engagement?

At long last, the provincial government has announced its plans for regional economic development in New Brunswick….. sort of. In fact, the provincial government is doing two things: 1) it is scrapping the Enterprise agencies and 2) it is setting up provincial … Continue reading

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My intellectual journey takes a slightly new direction

I am very happy to announce that I have been asked to join the Canadian Institute for Research on Public Policy and Public Administration at the Université de Moncton as a Research Fellow.  For me this is an exciting new direction. … Continue reading

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Promoting private sector economic stimulus?

As published in the Telegraph-Journal last Saturday:   Earlier this week, I received a Tweet from The Globe and Mail entitled “Premier signals stimulus package to combat slowdown”.     As most Canadian provinces are in full austerity mode these days I … Continue reading

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Solving call centre employment challenges

The Times & Transcript ran a front page story detailing the challenges some of Moncton’s call centres are having recruiting staff.  This is an issue – a growing issue – particularly for call centres paying in the $12 to $15/hour … Continue reading

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The rise of women

There is an interesting and somewhat controversial new book out entitled The End of Men: And the Rise of Women.  I have not read this book but have read several articles on it and it is stirring reaction.  David Brooks picked … Continue reading

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Import substitution: An other important dimension

Most economic developers – at least the ones I know – are free traders as well.  They understand the importance of the free flow of investment and labour to efficient economies but they also predicate their support for free trade … Continue reading

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Millennials in Saint John: Population decline but income growth

It’s kind of interesting.  The population aged 25-34 has been in decline in the Saint John CMA but income growth is heading in the other direction.  I recently took a look at the 10 year growth in the number of … Continue reading

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Architecting and engineering prosperity in New Brunswick

As published in the Telegraph-Journal September 1, 2012 I have been talking about the need for New Brunswick to pursue an “all of the above” strategy for economic development.  This approach entails turning over every rock in search of opportunities … Continue reading

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My “all of the above” strategy: summarized

A couple of people have asked me to describe my “all of the above” strategy for economic development.   First off, I borrowed the term from Obama who talks about an “all of the above” strategy for energy development.  I expand it … Continue reading

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