Author Archives: David Campbell

The Golden Girls helping to attract newcomers

The Miramichi New Conversations tour stop last night was very well attended.  I counted over a hundred folks in the room.  There was a lot of good discussion and testimonials and some frank, straight-talk express stuff about the challenges. After … Continue reading

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Leadership: Perspiration versus inspiration

I’m not exactly Dave Veale, but I do understand the importance of leadership to successful organizations.   As I see it there are leaders who are the hardest working people you will ever meet.  They are also usually smart.  They have … Continue reading

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Let’s have a fact-based conversation about property taxes

It would be kind of cool if we could use facts when debating public policy options in New Brunswick. I’m not a big fan of property taxes.  I pay something like $4,500 a year on my house and it is … Continue reading

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Where do good ideas come from?

Walking around London and Paris these last few days I keep bumping into some of the biggest thinkers of the past 400 years or so.  We walked around Bloomsbury and I was reminded of Keynes and his Bloomsbury group.  We … Continue reading

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New Brunswick’s Rodney Dangerfield problem

The 1980s comedian/actor Rodney Dangerfield used to say he “gets no respect”.  Sometimes I feel that way about New Brunswick.  When you eat at a restaurant in New York you order “Nova Scotia  salmon” even though Nova Scotia doesn’t actually … Continue reading

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Guaranteed minimum income: Permanent underclass or innovative way to share prosperity?

Niall Ferguson is one of the more interesting historians out there today.  He is a prolific writer and out there in a very public way espousing history as a tool to influence current public policy.  In the past few years … Continue reading

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Why the bond rating agencies’ opinions matter

To clear things up DBRS did not downgrade the bond rating.  It confirmed New Brunswick at A (high) and R-1 (middle) but it changed the trend from stable to negative.  This matters because in the fairly arcane world of bond … Continue reading

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Attracting and retaining international students. Two thumbs up!

Liberally applying Bryan Adams’ lyrics inappropriately, I have been writing about the importance of international students ’til my fingers bled.   I was glad to hear the feds are now taking this seriously in Atlantic Canada.  There is so much to like … Continue reading

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The myth of the full time worker

If most of us were asked to describe what ‘work’ looks like I suspect we would talk about getting up in the morning, going off to work – maybe fighting rush hour traffic, putting in eight hours and then going home. The … Continue reading

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It’s time to end the EI fiction

There’s a story on the CBC website this morning about the plight of workers on EI that work seasonally at Kings Landing.  It’s unfair, they say, because they get fewer weeks of EI than their counterparts in the Village historique … Continue reading

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