Via VOCM, the reaction of NAPE boss Jerry Earle to a study that showed the provincial government is overloaded with provincial public servants compared to the situation in other provinces: Earle says while that might be true, there are good reasons, given the province’s geography and demographics.
He says even comparing Newfoundland and Labrador to . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Fractured Fairy Tales: Jerry Earle edition #nlpoli
You can go back to September 2006 and find one of the earliest references at SRBP to the impact the aging, shifting population would have on Newfoundland and Labrador. The argument in the speech came from projections dating back to the early 1990s.
There was nothing radical or new in any of it. In the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Apparitions #nlpoli
For a while, it looked like one of the island’s major communities wouldn’t be able to put a senior hockey team on the ice for the new season. Low ticket sales were threatening the Clarenville Caribous. After a bit of publicity, the team managed to sell enough tickets to finance the team.
There’s no way . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Caribous, Choice, and Craziness #nlpoli
Whatever the provincial government is doing about its own spending or the provincial economy generally or whatever it is up to starts at 9:00 AM.
They announced an invitation-only event by Twitter a week or so ago that made it sound like the Premier would be the key player all day. On Friday, the official . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Bigger Picture #nlpoli
Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I’ve written a blog post about the First Annual Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative. The link to the blog post is here. . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: First Annual Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative
Some people got really excited on Wednesday by a report from the Fraser Institute that claimed this province had seen its first population loss due to outmigration in a decade.There ya go, they cried: proof the budget sucks and is driving people … . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Interprovincial migration for morons #nlpoli
A year after Kathy Dunderdale left office, the Fraser Institute said she was one of the best fiscal managers of all the Premiers in Canada.Provincial Conservatives repeated the story anywhere and everywhere they could, just as they had done the other t… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Let’s hear it for the Fraser Institute geniuses #nlpoli
It’s only been a couple of weeks since Disney, that most iconic of American companies, moved to displace all its home grown techies with low-cost foreign temporary workers, But the company had to beat a hasty retreat in the face of an outpouring of criticism.
Amid the deluge of commentary this story triggered about where . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada: World’s Next Superpower? Only If We Stop Relying On Temporary Foreign Workers
There are times when you wonder why anyone pays attention to a crowd like the Atlantic Province Economic Council.
They showed up in St. John’s on Monday to tell us that the major major projects that have been driving the economy are winding down.
And they charged $230 to anyone who wanted to show up . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The party is over #nlpoli
Israel holds the Palestinian people captive because it believes it has no choice. While no Israeli leader will come right out and say it, there’s no way the country will restore the Occupied Territories to the Palestinians. No Israeli government is prepared to see their country withdrawn to its pre-1967 borders.
There is an . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Israel’s Real Demographic Nightmare
The C.D. Howe Institute released a policy brief on Thursday that argues that demographic changes will hit the people of Newfoundland and Labrador very hard in the years ahead.
This is not a new issue, as the report notes right at the beginning. In fact, the crowd at the C.D. How Institute make it pretty . . . → Read More: Je suis Charlie: The challenge of Hebron and old people #nlpoli
Hebron is the last of the four, big, offshore discoveries from the 1980s.
It’s due to come into production in 2017 based on a development agreement reached initially in 2007 with the provincial government and finalised in 2008. There’s a potential problem with current production schedule. The topsides fabrication is delayed in Korea but we . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Legacy of Faulty Assumptions: Hebron Revisited #nlpoli
My post last week on the continuing decline in the employment rate in Canada (to below 61.5% in April, barely higher than the low point reached in the 2008-09 recession) has sparked some continuing discussion about the role of demographic change in explaining that decline (as opposed to a shortage of labour demand).
Is the . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: More on Demographics, Demand, and Canada’s Falling Employment Rate
This year it is Charlene Johnson’s turn to host a series of meetings across the province that the provincial Conservatives cynically tout as a way for people to have some input into the provincial budget.
It’s cynical because – as the Conservatives know – the major budget decisions are already made before the finance minister . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Budget consultations and other political insanity #nlpoli
Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.
– Robert Reich writes about the basic economic lessons the U.S. has forgotten since its postwar boom: First, America’s real job creators are consumers, whose rising wages generate jobs and growth. If average people don’t have decent wages there can be no real recovery and no sustained growth. In . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
“Bullshit,” wrote philosopher Harry Frankfurt a few years ago, “is unavoidable whenever circumstances require someone to talk without knowing what he is talking about.”
Enter Danny Williams, Doc O’Keefe, and Tom Hann.
The T’ree Amigos dismissed the Conference Board of Canada’s recent population projection for the province with the simple argument that the booming economy . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The (un)booming economy and population growth
It seems like Danny Williams can’t go two weeks without getting his mug on the news so it wasn’t surprising that on Monday the Old Man called the media together to unveil the latest name for his land development project south of Mount Pearl.
He wants to call it Galway. Nice for his mom. But . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Understanding Population Changes #nlpoli