Monthly Archives: November 2014

Federal transfer payments to NB: Declining influence

Shawn Graham was in the news last week waxing about a variety of subjects but silent on maybe the most prescient aspect of the self-sufficiency agenda – the need to wean the province off its relatively high dependency on federal … Continue reading

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Alberta and income inequality: A second look

This is, of course, a no-win blog post.  Anything even remotely related to attempting to justify income inequality is like a red flag to the bulls of Pamplona. But…  just because I love taking a punch. This is in response … Continue reading

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The ‘real’ real unemployment rate in New Brunswick

There was a good article in the TJ over the weekend about the ‘real’ unemployment rate in New Brunswick.  UNB economist Constantine Passaris postulates the real unemployment rate is much higher than 9.3 percent because people are responding to the … Continue reading

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It’s time to have a conversation about tourism development

The new Minister for tourism, Bill Fraser, has a good commentary in the TJ today talking about how the new government is “ready to invest in tourism”. It’s  nice to see they are now using the right return on the … Continue reading

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Boosting population: Echos of the self-sufficiency agenda

According to the latest Labour Force Survey there were 487,500 people in New Brunswick aged 15-64 – the population that feeds the labour market.   Here is a question for you.  What do you think the population in this age … Continue reading

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