Monthly Archives: January 2019

Economic development: Deeper truths

Sunday morning sermons can be a little bit frustrating for people who actually pay attention.   You will hear a steady stream of counter-intuitive axioms such as “the first shall be last”, “to live you first have to die”, “to be … Continue reading

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Want a strong economy? Don’t mess with the Serengeti Plain

There has been a few stories in the media recently about business closures in New Brunswick.  Does it portend doom?  Is the economy about to collapse? Relax.  Within two years of starting, 11.4% of all businesses across Canada go out … Continue reading

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Insuring New Brunswick’s economic development

Statistics Canada surveys businesses to assess employment levels.  Guess the fastest growing industry in New Brunswick in the past five years?  No, you cynic, it is not funeral services business.  In fact for some reason employment in the funeral services … Continue reading

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Out of gas: Sable R.I.P.

A little over 20 years ago I was asked to a meeting at Moncton City Hall where Bud Bird and the gang at Gas NB were going to present on the exciting new opportunity that natural gas would present for … Continue reading

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End of year miscellany: The Big Apple, incentives and the role of government grudge match

The big apple On relatively short notice I decided to take the family to the Big Apple between Christmas and New Years.  I knew it would be busy but in fact it was downright crazy.  Everything was teeming with mostly … Continue reading

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