Setting up a population secretariat

On Friday, the Premier announced he would be setting up a population growth secretariat that will start up on April 1.

For once, I agree with Jeannot Volpe. There is a population secretariat already in place. Has been for several years.

This is not about population. It’s about jobs and economic development. Then its about finding the population (workers) to feed those jobs.

Time to revive my preferred framework for economic development in NB:

5% of provincial budget matched by the Feds.

Create a Department of Economic Renewal

That would have several divisions:

Global marketing (attracting industry) – I would recommend at least as many foreign offices as Ontario.

Export development – not just bragging about Irving oil exports – really focusing on export development.

Product development – this would be about creating the environment where targeted industries can succeed in New Brunswick. This group would be dedicated, for example, to the task of creating one of the best environments in North America for animation development.

Workforce development – aligned with first three, this would be about pumping out a workforce for targeted industries. It would involve working with universities, colleges, repatriation, immigration, etc.

Infrastructure development – not roads – I would see this more about natural gas, industrial parks, rail, port, – investments that will lead directly to tangible economic development and definitely aligned with the first four activities.

Why do we need these under one umbrella? Because the population secretariat will go off and do its own thing – like it has been. There will be limited if any alignment in activities – and that is one of the root causes of our problems.

Come on.

You know you like.

Department of Economic Renewal.

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0 Responses to Setting up a population secretariat

  1. Anonymous says:

    I like it so much that I’m going to start my own. You can check out our website at Anybody is willing to join and help lobby:)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Since nobody else is, I really have to question the logic of a couple of those. For example, if all these departments are working together, then why spend money on ports, when the focus is on animation development?

    To state it again, animation needs a place to be presented, once again a television station. And word of mouth, how many people have watched or bought ‘acadieman’-the provinces only animated show?

    Acadieman is successful simply because Rogers shows it. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get Rogers to do that, in this case the show already had a substancial fan base and its own sponsors. In other words, you can do an animation, but the only way Rogers will show it is if they own the rights, and you do all the work.

    There’s more than that reason for NB to have its own television station, but that’s a pretty good one.

    But again I think you are living in the past. Energy is just ‘natural resources’, which are not the main focus for economic development, they are what gets built up as the market is there.