It's the Economy, Stupid!

David Campbell
Economic development in Atlantic Canada
Created 17 Mar 2021
  • Donald Savoie is a singular figure
    05 Jul 2022about 23 hours ago
    I was happy to see that Donald Savoie was awarded the highest rank in the Order of Canada recently. One of the most important New Brunswick story lines in the past 60-70 years has been the rise of a g...
  • The EI program should be fundamentally transformed
    04 Jul 2022 4 0
    I know I have been writing quite a bit about this lately but after having a few more interesting conversations in the past few days, I have decided that I am now firmly in favour of completely overhau...
  • The Grinch who stole EI from impoverished students
    30 Jun 2022 3 1
    I got a sternly worded note from someone yesterday who must have heard me say something or read something about my position on the EI for PSE students program. That’s the program that allowed students...
  • What ever happened to the smart grid?
    29 Jun 2022 3 0
    About a decade ago the concept of the ‘smart grid’ appeared in New Brunswick as a tool to help manage our electricity system/costs and as an economic development tool. What ever happened to the smart ...
  • Are Atlantic Canada IT firms scaling up as fast as the rest of the country?
    23 Jun 2022 1 0
    Of course the answer to this question depends on how you define scaling. You could look at capital investment, revenue or other measures. If we want to use Statistics Canada data, employment level is ...
  • Equality of opportunity, not outcome: Economic development edition
    14 Jun 2022 1 1
    Do you remember a few years ago when the top five research universities in Canada submitted a proposal suggesting the federal government should focus its research spending in the top five? The argumen...
  • Air transportation: Build back better? At least just build back
    11 Jun 2022
    The New Brunswick government has a new air sector strategy out. I’d say this was highly anticipated mainly because one of the options on the table was closing the three southern airports and building ...
  • Building Mr. Dunster's empire
    04 Jun 2022 2 1
    One of the real treats of my career is that I get to talk to very interesting people on an almost weekly basis. Using a back of the napkin calculation, I have likely talked with over a thousand leadin...
  • The sustained economic growth imperative: Bill Morneau edition
    03 Jun 2022 1 0
    It was interesting to see the former Finance Minister’s sharp critique of his former colleagues this week (and the inevitable reminder to him that he was there for most of the policy making). I assume...
  • Seasonal EI and the future
    31 May 2022 4 0
    I have to say I was surprised to read the Globe & Mail editorial today on the future of the EI program. It covered everything: eligibility requirements, maternity/parental leave, gig workers - some th...
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