The famous pre-announcement

An enduring memory from the McKenna days. They would start by hinting a new project would be coming. Then they would announce the project at a press conference. Then they would have another press conference when the sod was turned or the ribbon was cut on the new building. That way you get three stories out of one economic development announcement.

I assume that is what is going on in the Miramichi. I just hope it is a serious, high paying good quality project. I still get the chills when I remember hearing former BNB Minister Mesheau saying that saving the Nackawic Mill was his greatest achievement as Minister. A project that meant less jobs with lower wages. His greatest achievement. Not to belittle that project. Hopefully the $70 million in government money was well invested. But when the project you are most proud of led to less jobs in the community, I think that says something.

Same in the ‘Chi. That community needs nothing less than another 2 or more large anchor projects that pay good wages and offer good benefits – and long term stability. Giving away the store for 100 jobs won’t cut it.