People write me emails saying what about Minto? What about Sackville? What about Kedgwick Ridge? Should we be attempting to attract foreign business investment into every small community?
I say, emphatically, no.
We need to have a few ‘growth poles’ around the province – most likely Greater Moncton, Greater Saint John, Greater Fredericton, Greater Miramichi, the Acadian Peninsula, maybe the Campbellton-Bathurst corridor and maybe Madawaska/Grand Falls. In these areas, we should develop clear strategies and benefits for external business investors and then we should go out and attract this investment.
As for every small town, we have the second shortest average commute to work in Canada. I think we should buck up and all drive a little longer to get to work. You can live in Minto and work in Fredericton. You can live in Bouctouche and work in Dieppe. You can live in Neguac and work in Miramichi.
People will drive two hours to save 50 cents on toilet paper at Costco. Surely, we should all be prepared to drive 45 minutes or so for our jobs.