It is growing increasingly clear to me that there is a disconnect between those paid to think about economic development in Northern New Brunswick and the actual people in Northern New Brunswick. I am talking about tenured professors, life long bureaucrats and, yes, consultants like myself that sit in our relatively successful urban centres and pontificate about the plight of the North.
This is one of the reasons that in my report on northern New Brunswick I recommended that an economic development team be placed in Northern New Brunswick. I also suggested a small team of researchers be set up to brainstorm innovative opportunities – and be located in the North (maybe Bathurst or Miramichi or Edmundston).
Maybe if the people involved in shaping the destiny of Northern New Brunswick were actually in Northern New Brunswick it might make them appreciate the extent of the challenges.
In the words of the most interesting man in the world, maybe they would be a little hungrier (or thirstier).