Monthly Archives: April 2014

Equalization sans oil and gas?

I know that some folks get apoplectic when this issue is raised but I had an interesting conversation yesterday with an economist who is quite worried that within a short period of time, the impact of the oil and gas … Continue reading

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The changing rural/urban employment landscape: It’s not what you might expect

Someone asked me to provide employment trends in urban and rural areas and the source.  The source is shown below the tables. These tables show the employment change (percentage change) between 2006 and 2013 for urban and rural labour markets … Continue reading

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ICYMI: My BTW on TFW not quite LOL

I have received several emails about this issue regarding the Saskatchewan waitresses that were turfed and replaced by temporary foreign workers (TFWs).    On the CBC this morning a professor was talking about how many of the 1,000+ comments to the … Continue reading

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Whither manufacturing in New Brunswick?

From a recent TJ column: In 1978, according to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey, a total of 156 out of every 1,000 workers in New Brunswick were employed in the manufacturing sector. By 2013, the percentage of the province’s workers … Continue reading

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Looking to the PEI bioscience cluster for inspiration

From a recent TJ column: If I asked you to name the most important sectors of the Prince Edward Island economy, you would likely mention potato farming and tourism.  While agriculture and Anne of Green Gables continue to be mainstays … Continue reading

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I miss selling the soap

I was making a presentation the other night over in Charlottetown to a group of business and government folk and was told there was a senior manager from a big multinational firm in the crowd and they were pitching him … Continue reading

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Federal grinchiness and economic growth in New Brunswick

New Brunswick Tory MP John Williamson in Saturday’s TJ: “MLAs from both provincial parties have approached my office to ease the employer requirements under the temporary foreign workers program, something I will not do”.  He “maintains the program is meant … Continue reading

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The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead and related random thoughts

I just finished Charles Murray’s The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don’ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life.  It’s a short book and actually targeted at 20 somethings just starting out in … Continue reading

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Cruise control is a better deal in New Brunswick

I’m in Ontario this week.  I have worked on five projects in the last year or so up here.  I’ll have to set up an office…. Anyway, driving mid-day on the 401 for about 90 minutes and I hardly was … Continue reading

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New Brunswick’s GDP growth chimera

I see TD was in Moncton yesterday predicting that New Brunswick’s GDP will increase to 1.5 percent next year after running at 0.5 percent this year.   Later in his speech he talked about how the province’s population will be in … Continue reading

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