Nov History will have the final say on whether George Osborne goes down as a great Chancellor, but one thing is certain — he is changing the local government landscape in a way many thought was impossible to achieve, writes Paul Dale. Three years ago, several English cities including Birmingham decisively rejected the notion that they should be run London-style by a directly elected mayor. The opposition expressed in town halls and through public referendums was so overwhelming that most people thought the mayoral system was dead and buried for the foreseeable future.
Posted on April 12, by David Campbell I have been thinking a lot lately about how we encourage people to put down roots in a specific geography even as societies are becoming more open.
One way is to encourage a kind of Trumpian nativism where people long for a golden age in the past when things were so much better and harmonious. The outcome of that is to encourage stronger borders, internalizing trade and investment and limited the flow of people. I would prefer to come up with a new regime where people are deeply connected to the place they live even as they are firmly positioned in a global economy and populace.
But it was fascinating to read. There are stories about the fist fight between a mayor and a newspaper editor, about the use of Albert County natural gas as an energy source in Moncton, about a politician out surveying in his rubber boots in the muddy Petitcodiac right before an election to make it seem like if he was elected we would get a new bridge.
All I know is that my kids know more about the founding of the United States than their own province or city. Whether it is our young people or new immigrants, we need to be more intentional about this issue of putting down roots.
An Annual Review, Unfortunately it only covers the period between and It would be great to have a version going back to the early 20th Century and a version keeping relatively fresh.
Premier Robichaud went to Europe to hustle new business.
You might learn a little about your province. I have been thinking lately about the little hamlet of Dorchester, New Brunswick a short drive from Moncton. I have a friend who is looking at potential economic development opportunities in the village. About men would be employed to produce the fertilizer from Trinidad ammonia.
Bythe vision for Dorchester had completely crumbled. The Dorchester area over the years had been a site for mining. It could have easily been built out as cottage country for city folk — there are beautiful waterfront locations out there that have never been developed.
Dorchester has an interesting history. An early discussion of that history can be found here interestingly a Wilbur was the second English family to settle in the area.
You have to subscribe to get the full book. The recent history of Dorchester confirms my view that the best and most durable economic development is led by local stakeholders.
We can and should attract national and international firms here but in the long run the only people who have a true interest in the area are local people. Any community in New Brunswick waiting around for the provincial or federal government to swoop in and save the day might be waiting a long time.
Provincial and federal governments have an important role to play but in my experience local leaders — government, business, community need to step up first, cast a vision, and put their own skin in the game.
I realize that government has been pivotal in the success of certain communities over time — think about the moving of CN Shops to Moncton in the early s — but for the most part local communities need to take the lead. A process admittedly complicated in New Brunswick when there are only 11 municipalities with a population of 10, or more and only three with 50, or more.
Posted in Uncategorized Comments Off on The curious economic development example of Dorchester, NB Posted on March 30, by David Campbell We have been talking now for the last three years about the state of the blueberry industry in New Brunswick.
On the one hand it is a great success story of farmers, government and industry coming together — weaving in new technology and innovative farming — to drive substantial new yields and productivity per acre.
As you can see from the chart New Brunswick went from a marketing production of 5, tons in to 41, tons in In fact, New Brunswick overtook Quebec in and as the national leader in production not that anyone actually heard about this. But the price paid to farmers plummeted.
As you can see from the chart this is not just a New Brunswick problem although we have slipped below both Quebec and Nova Scotia on the price per ton measure. The reason for this was a massive surplus of frozen blueberries and no identifiable new markets for the product. There was something like million lbs sitting in freezers waiting to be sold.
When I got a look at the inner workings of this industry I was surprised. Almost the entire product in New Brunswick is flash frozen and shipped out wholesale.
I have to be careful not to position myself as an expert in blueberry sector development and marketing. In Maine blueberries are ubiquitous — even little kiosks all over the place selling to tourists. But, again, when historically the whole product was essentially shipped to wholesalers at a good price — no one really cared.
They care now, I assume.
We need new markets. I would argue product and geographic markets.Sydney, it’s time we sat down and had an uncomfortable talk. Look, you’re beautiful sure; those beaches, that coastline, is home — I really don’t want to start seeing other Australian.
"It's the economy, stupid" is a slight variation of the phrase "The economy, stupid", which James Carville had coined as a campaign strategist of Bill Clinton's successful presidential campaign against sitting president George H. W. Bush. The Miramichi New Conversations tour stop last night was very well attended.
I counted over a hundred folks in the room. There was a lot of good discussion and testimonials and some frank, straight-talk express stuff about the challenges. Have we become a self-defeating complacent society?
All about the US economy without politics involved. Bert Dohmen, founder of Dohmen Capital Research, is known as a Contrarian and leader in the investment research business. Read his latest views here.
"It's the economy, stupid" is a slight variation of the phrase "The economy, stupid", which James Carville had coined as a campaign strategist of Bill Clinton's successful presidential campaign against sitting president George H.