I like Norway. I don’t know why we don’t spend more time investment prospecting there. It is a small market and there is limited potential but it could be a niche market. New Brunswick doesn’t need piles of investment every year. I would say 8-12 large manufacturing, ICT or value added back office projects would be fine. A few out of Norway doesn’t seem that crazy. Everyone is fighting for India, China, US, French, etc. investment (Quebec has 100 people in France I was told). Not many are fighting for Norwegian investment.
Maybe the Miramichi might get some Norwegian investment but I hope the deal is good and it replaces a big chunk of the 1000 or so high paying jobs lost at the two UPM operations. While I cautiously applauded the Birla takeover of the mill in Nackawic it was at less jobs and lower pay – a net loss to the province. And Minister Mesheau called it his greatest achievement as Minister. At some point, a BNB Minister’s greatest achievement should be something that is a net positive gain for the economy.