Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Million Jobs Man: Hudak shouldda adhered to the K.I.S.S. principle

When I first heard about the Million Jobs Plan, I thought it was an interesting gimmick.  In age of short attention spans, people remember those snappy zingers – Nova Scotia’s recent election featured a million population pledge.   Hudak was claiming … Continue reading

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Nuanced thinking about urbanity this morning

I follow a number of urban zealots such as Richard Florida and I find some of the thinking fairly pedestrian.   It’s like the kid who thinks that two scoops of ice cream are better than one and three are better … Continue reading

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New Brunswick needs a better marketing and sales culture

From a recent TJ column: I once had a long conversation with the manager of one of the largest customer contact centres in the province. He told me that his New Brunswick employees were unquestionably the best he had ever seen … Continue reading

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Don Mills, perceptions and immigration

Think of Don Mills as a slightly older, wiser version of yours truly – only with an army of pollsters at the ready. In the past few years, Mills’ focus and mine are starting to converge somewhat on issues such … Continue reading

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EI, temporary foreign workers, and business closures

I have a simple question for you.  Under which of the following scenarios is a local community better off: 1. A local manufacturing company can’t find workers even though the unemployment rate is 20%+ and closes the plant and moves to … Continue reading

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With friends like these… Ezra Levant and NB shale gas

Ezra Levant has turned his pen to the subject of shale gas development in Canada.  An excerpt of his new book is published in the Toronto Sun. There are two things that bug me about Ezra’s view on this.  First, … Continue reading

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The Campbellton-Miramichi Conundrum

One of the more interesting conversations I’ve had occurred with a senior government policy wonk more than a decade ago around the time of the big mill closures in the Miramichi.  One of Premier Lord’s advisors at the time told … Continue reading

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Are we moving from austerity to growth mode?

I had a great conversation with a banker in Fredericton recently who is a big fan of Finance Minister Blaine Higgs.  He told me Higgs is now ready to move his thinking from austerity/cost cutting to efforts to foster economic … Continue reading

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Will there be jobs, jobs, jobs in New Brunswick?

I might  have to turn off blog commenting again -but for another reason.  Despite the filters, I now seem to get a dozen or so spam comments in the queue that I have to manually delete for every actual comment. Anyway, … Continue reading

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