You can’t say that newspaper columnists are ones to back down. This guy in the Halifax Herald still thinks that electric car manufacturing could go in Nova Scotia. The fact that he never mentioned the federal government in either his first or this column indicates he hasn’t really though this through. Stronach has already asked the Feds for hundreds of millions if not billions to help get electric car manufacturing in Canada and if the Feds come to the table what are the odds they would bypass the empty factories in southern Ontario to put one in Nova Scotia or Cape Breton? Not to use the Rip Van Winkle thing again but that thinking shows a complete misunderstanding of, quite frankly, Canada.
So he has moved on to the idea that Nova Scotia politicans don’t think big enough. That’s an idea that has some theoretical appeal but again the context is everything.
I favour a deliberate and long term economic development strategy tied to long term economic objectives. If Nova Scotia wants to see a moderate population growth and the elimination of Equalization over the next 25 years (and I don’t believe this is any party’s stated goal), then the province (like New Brunswick) will need considerably increased business investment and tax revenue generation.
Focusing on one big auto plant or some other huge project – may be part of the programme – but it should be tied to the broader ‘big idea’ – a Nova Scotia that is is control of its own economic destiny.