Popeye was a moderate man. Calm, cool and collected. But once in a while Popeye got mad and said “I’ve had all I can stand, I can’t stands no more”.
Funny, that popped in my head when I read this interview. It’s with Dan MacDonald, the president and CEO of InNOVAcorp. He is quoted as saying:
I would not support some kind of, “Let’s build Silicon Valley Halifax.” It’s naive and it would be like trying to create Paris. You don’t do that. It takes decades and it takes a whole recipe.
Isn’t that the point.
Maybe this region’s problem is not about economics. Or immigration. Or out-migration. Maybe it’s a chronic case of attention deficit disorder. Maybe we have short attention spans.
I, for, one am pushing for “the whole recipe” and as for decades, I’m for that too. Montreal’s pharma sector was seeded in 1975. The Irish ‘Miracle’ was kicked off in 1955 with a paper entitled “economic development”.
Maybe he was misquoted. If he meant we need short term strategies and short term wins – he’s absolutely correct. But they need to be part of a longer term vision. Halifax won’t be turned into a financial hub in five years. It won’t be turned into a biotech hub in five years.
But if they really want it, they will make the right investments now, keep on investing and maybe, just maybe in 20 years or so, they will have a neat cluster.
As for the Paris comment, I have to defer. There will always be one Paris.
Thank the Good Lord for that….