Monthly Archives: September 2013

Defining brand spanking new growth

I lobbed my new theory about the importance of “brand spanking new growth” in my column recently and a couple of folks sent me emails indicating they weren’t sure my ‘point’.  Because columns are only 600 words, it is hard … Continue reading

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Brand spanking new economic development

From a recent TJ article: Over time, economic progress doesn’t follow a linear path. The introduction of disruptive new technologies, new natural resources development, efforts to foster free trade and many other factors can lead to a spike in economic … Continue reading

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Notes on the public deficit: A mostly annual affair

New Brunswick’s annual deficit is now expected to be $500 million – although the cerebral NDP leader pointed out that this was wrong given that NB Power’s latest financials included less cash for the provincial government. As I have said … Continue reading

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The one mega-trend no one in NB is really talking about

I’ve been talking about this trend for almost a decade but when you read about New Brunswick’s economic ‘troubles’, this rarely shows up on anyone else’s radar. It should. In 2003, New Brunswick had 25,000 people employed in the administrative … Continue reading

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What is your community’s economic raison d’être?

From a recent TJ column: Columnist Kurt Peacock recently wrote an inspiring piece about how the community of Sussex has combined its natural attributes with strong local leadership to foster a solid economic base in the community. He cites Sussex … Continue reading

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Lapierre and the zealots

A colleague of mine had a conversation with Louis Lapierre a few months ago – right after he did what he thought was a thorough and thoughtful review of the shale gas sector and came out with recommendations on how … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia election: Looking for clarity on economic development

A couple of people asked me to weigh in on the Nova Scotia election.  As long time readers will know I have a horrendous track record of choosing winners in political races – I think I have been wrong most … Continue reading

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Here’s a tip: It’s not about the bank

The Premier’s new chief of staff is talking economic development as his number one priority so I’ll give him the same tip I gave the PCs when they came into office and the same tip I gave the Liberals and … Continue reading

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Learning from the Scots

From a recent column in the TJ: There was an excellent article in the Economist magazine this week discussing Scotland’s efforts to attract business investment and create jobs by luring multinational firms. While most inward investment into the United Kingdom … Continue reading

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Profits, markets and a thoughtful vacation

Greed twists eternal in the human breast But the market has no brain It doesn’t love it’s not God All it knows is the price of lunch -Bruce Cockburn, You’ve Never Seen Everything (2003) Somewhat unintentionally, my visit to Brazil … Continue reading

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