Monthly Archives: April 2013

Demystifying the benefits of out-migration: Smaller may not be better

I used to make the statement that bigger is not necessarily better and we may have to ‘right size’ the population of certain areas of Atlantic Canada to bring it more in line with the size of the economic pie … Continue reading

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Alward wont’ fall on the EI sword (at least willingly)

One of the interesting things about Canadian politics is the wide variation between the parties and their ideology depending on where you are within the country.  A Progressive Conservative in Alberta has only the most basic ties with a PC … Continue reading

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What is the solution to skills shortages?

Outgoing BoC head Mark Carney had some interesting things to say about outsourcing yesterday: Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney says the controversial temporary foreign workers program should not be used to drive wages down or to fill lower-skilled jobs. … Continue reading

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New Brunswickers tilting at windmills

From a recent TJ column: While it would be hard to argue there is widespread unrest across New Brunswick, there certainly are a lot of spirited battles underway on a number of fronts. Civil servants are outraged about proposed changes … Continue reading

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Advocating side deals

The IMF yesterday warned about Canada’s economic growth trajectory and suggested the federal government may have to get back into the stimulus business.  Why?  Because economic growth will drop from 1.8% to 1.5%. When Canada’s economy grows by 1.5% its … Continue reading

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The glue that binds communities together

Here’s a recent column I wrote in the T-J.  It’s a business column so I worked in the biz angle at the bottom.  I spent most of last week roaming the vast, empty desert that makes up the state of … Continue reading

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A career delimiting effort

Lots of folks tell me I have to elevate my analysis to a national perspective or at least to develop some broader theories related to economic development that are applicable far and wide.  I have grappled with this and have … Continue reading

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What would full employment look like in New Brunswick?

Someone asked me this and when I said we would need another 50,000 to 70,000 people working right now in New Brunswick (or about the entire employment base currently in the Saint John CMA), I got an incredulous response. While … Continue reading

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What will be your legacy?

From a recent TJ column: I recently appeared before the Nova Scotia Commission on Building our New Economy to provide my views on how Nova Scotia could foster a stronger economic foundation for the future. The commission is chaired by … Continue reading

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Deficit chickens coming home to roost

From my TJ column last Saturday: One of the challenges facing government when it comes to budgetary deficits and debt is that the public doesn’t really understand how it impacts them specifically. It’s a vague notion that people don’t spend … Continue reading

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