Monthly Archives: February 2014

By popular demand: The Jason Kenney Conundrum

From my TJ column earlier this week: Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister of Employment, Social Development & Multiculturalism, is one of my favourite federal politicians. He seems to be an intelligent and energetic guy. For more than a decade he has … Continue reading

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We need more high income earners, sorry about that

When I post that New Brunswick needs more higher income earners (or when I say more wealth) this tends to rankle some of my readers.  I will get a number of comments, emails and even telephone calls – mostly polite … Continue reading

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ICYMI: Learning from our spending patterns

From a recent TJ article: Statistics Canada’s annual survey of household spending (SHS) provides a portrait of how the average household in New Brunswick spends its income each year.   The 2012 spending data confirms New Brunswick’s status as a population … Continue reading

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ICYMI: Is it now or never for Nova Scotia?

      From a recent TJ column: The Economist magazine featured a cover story this week on the 100 year economic decline of Argentina.  At the turn of the 20th Century, Argentina was one of the strongest economies in … Continue reading

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We need to get our mojo back….

A few years ago (circa 2006), I chaired a panel of business leaders in New Brunswick.  I asked them all to provide their outlook for the province over the next decade.   There were five people on the panel and four … Continue reading

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The great auto industry salvage

Canadian Exports: NAICS 33611 – Automobile and Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Manufacturing ($Millions) Source: Industry Canada It’s kind of fun to watch the Ontario and federal governments continuing to salvage the auto manufacturing industry will hundreds of millions of dollars in corporate … Continue reading

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FYI: We may not be as entrepreneurial as you think

I wanted to follow up on three comments I received after my TJ column on Saturday about entrepreneurship including a guy who wrote me a thoughtful letter on the subject.  The three issues were: 1) Government should give its grant … Continue reading

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Don’t be passive on Energy East Pipeline

According to the economic impact statement prepared for the proposed the Energy East Pipeline, it is supposed to generate $1.2 billion worth of GDP in New Brunswick and create 11,000 jobs. This type of economic impact assessment is based on Statistics … Continue reading

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Will fed immigration policy stymie NB growth potential?

Jason Kenney, a man for whom I have considerable respect as he almost singlehandedly rebuilt the Tory profile within Canada’s immigrant community, was tweeting gleefully away from his visit to Saskatchewan this weekend. He tweets were filled with warnings about the shortage … Continue reading

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