Monthly Archives: September 2014

We need to talk about population

From a recent TJ column: Among folks who have time to debate these things, the legacy of former Premier Bernard Lord is highly contested. His supporters point to balanced budgets as well as moderate GDP and employment growth. They characterize … Continue reading

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Selling the uncomplicated life

From a recent TJ column: I wrote last week about what my father-in-law calls the “uncomplicated life” New Brunswickers enjoy by choosing to live in this province.  Many of the little things we do every day without complication can pose … Continue reading

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Enlisting the young in the fight against lethargy and stagnation

From Dan Martell’s CrunchtimeNB initiative to Lisa Hrabluk’s Wicked Ideas (as in, she tells me, wicked smart), there has been a lot of focus on getting out the youth vote in this election.  I love it.  The more NBers engaged in … Continue reading

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I didn’t want to write this, but I did (Warning: Fracking content ahead)

I read the article quoting the most popular Premier in Canada, Brad Wall, and his position on shale gas – or more specifically hydraulic fracturing as Saskatchewan is mostly using the technology to frack for oil in the Bakken – … Continue reading

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Are we fracking Confederation?

Watching Joe Oliver’s response to the Nova Scotia fracking ban was painful.  He paused after every word.  He hummed and hawed. Presumably what he would like to say but can’t is that this issue could end up putting a whopping … Continue reading

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Population churn: It’s the net number that counts

Political campaigns are filled with snappy one liners meant to stick in the voters mind.  In New Brunswick there tends to be a lot in the spirit of “keep our young people home”.  That tugs at the heart strings – … Continue reading

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