N.B. not living up to R&D potential

It’s refreshing to actually get some economic stories in the Telegraph Journal. There was a good one today about the lack of health-related research going on in New Brunswick (we’re dead last in Canada by a wide margin).

The article quotes one of those now-reviled-by-the-Premier ‘external’ experts Cate McCready, vice-president of external affairs at Ottawa-based BioteCanada saying:

“When you’re as resource rich as New Brunswick is, there’s remarkable potential,” she said. “It’s a question of political will; it’s a question of leadership. There is no question there is opportunity out there.””It’s really about galvanizing will and galvanizing people’s imaginations,”

That, my friends, sums it up nicely – even it is from an external ‘guru’.

Do you think this will be an election issue?

Most likely not. We have more important issues such as bashing experts that live outside New Brunswick.

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0 Responses to N.B. not living up to R&D potential

  1. MonctonLandlord says:


    In the recent Progress Magazine, you may have seen an insert called Research & Discovery.

    A comprehensive listing of Atlantic Canada’s “dynamic research community”.

    You will discover little coverage from NB’s elite… So either the reporter did not bother, or there actually is little going on in NB.

    I dare you to check out the companies listed as sponsors, exibitors and presenters for September’s BioAtlantic Conference 2006: (very little from NB)


  2. Anonymous says:

    How can it be an election issue when all our educated have left the province???

  3. Anonymous says:

    I wouldn’t tout that guy as a guru if the idea is to bring ‘outside guru’s’ to spice of NB’s bureaucracy. That’s kind of a no brainer, something that Mr.Campbell himself has said, as have many others here-and all for free.

    What exactly having lots of resources has to do with biotech is beyond me though, hell, one of the world leaders is Switzerland who have zero resources. Japan is right up there too. In fact, you can almost say that having resources is detrimental as it tends to make people think of them as a cheap limitless commodity and rely too heavily on them.

    And again, I’ll restate my case very quickly- MEDICAL SCHOOL. Without one you aren’t going to have any biotech research. You aren’t going to keep research around because they just have to keep going elsewhere for clinical trials.

    If the city of Sudbury can start one, there is no reason an entire province can. As he says, its the ‘political will’. But keep in mind, its hard to get the will in a two party system which is so close. This makes Irving VERY happy as politicians are pretty pliable when one or two weeks of bad press can shoot them out of office.

    A medical school is the bare minimum, without that every research company in the world is going to see the province as being so backward that it is not even worth bothering about.

    I forget the link but you can go to the site that lists provincial investment in research, I think there was five studies listed, only three were actually medical, and the grand total was a couple hundred thousand dollars.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Todays big election issue: government grants to take care of your own damn elderly parents! What does that tell you?

  5. Cooker Boy says:

    Voters set the agenda and I do not here voters screaming for economic development. They are however screeming for a better cost of living which plays into the senior grants announcements. Also, seniors vote in droves, especially if you cater to their demands. I suspect that this is why Lord has been strong on Seniors issues.

    Grants aside, I still think it’s a better plan then the Libs plan of setting up a ministry for seniors issues. I have 2 questions for that:

    1) How much would that cost?
    2) Why seniors and not youth? Afterall, if we do not retain youth we will not be able to pay for seniors 20 years down the road.