Monthly Archives: January 2013

Taxing sin (particularly gluttony?)

I see the TJ is calling for sin taxes as a way to raise revenue although they roll in pop and chips under this rubric.    I am not sure Vachon Cakes should be in the same category as gambling, booze … Continue reading

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Higgs, Holt and the Looking Glass

Fredericton’s worst kept secret – that the province would not be able to balance its books by the next election – came out today.  If you read this blog from the first Tory budget you will see that I said … Continue reading

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Jim Meek and the charge of the light-thinking brigade

Jim Meek has a good editorial in Progress magazine this week.   Edgy and more caustic than usual, Meek makes the point that we have to face up to our challenges and not just gloss them over.  Progress magazine – in … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the road: Dallas

I am spending a few days in the Dallas-Forth Worth area on vacation with a side objective to check out the development of Barnett shale gas down here.   I wasn’t interested in plowing through all the literature on this.  My … Continue reading

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EI and local labour market distortions

My column in the TJ today was on the EI changes and the growing protests.  Someone asked me to clarify a few points so here goes. First, one of the main problems with the EI system particularly in rural and … Continue reading

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FDI through acquisition: The BioVectra example

In the old days (when I was active in the FDI attraction biz), we were 100 percent focused on attracting greenfield investments.   In other words, we were trying to attract a firm from somewhere else to establish a manufacturing facility, … Continue reading

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Jobs, jobs, jobs: Redux

My column today in the TJ talked about the potential of wooing NB’s diaspora back to the province to work and build their careers.  I wrote it before the latest labour market report showing more declines in the province’s workforce.  … Continue reading

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