The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Continuing continuity #nlpoli

In the face of thousands of well-informed people telling Dwight Ball that the provincial government must change direction to survive, in the face of mountains of evidence that the province has been on the wrong course since 2005 or so, and lately, in the face of dire warnings from the folks who advise others about ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Developing a sustainable, diverse economy #nlpoli

When it comes to developing a successful economic development strategy, Edsel Bonnell has advice worth heeding. He co-chaired the team that developed “Change and Challenge,” the 1992 Strategic Economic Plan. The SEP “called for a transformation of culture, away from a dependence on government initiatives and government control and toward one based on individual initiative ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Up the harbour and down the shore, again #nlpoli

Today marks SRBP’s anniversary.  The first post appeared on January 3, 2005. Events of the past few weeks are a reminder of both how much has changed – we have a new government party – and at the same time, how little has changed.  Read on and you will see how little has changed. Danny ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Diversity #nlpoli

Labrador economy must diversify to survive, say opposition parties. There is a CBC headline to conjure with. Pure political magic for the two parties promising something different from what has gone on before. Liberal leader Dwight Ball told CBC that we “must look at the other advantages that we would have available to us, things ...

Cowichan Conversations: NC Councillor Rob Douglas-Roger Hart—Big Idea No. 3: Community Investment Funds

Here is the Big Idea No.3 from Rob Douglas and Roger Hart regarding economic development and the potential of expanding co-operatives in the Cowicham Region. Big Idea No.3: Community Investment Funds Rob Douglas-North Cowichan Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Wallener– Maroc– They Don’t Share the Same View For Economic Development For The Cowichan Region

Here is a guest post from Damir Wallener responding to Don Maroc’s earlier Column regarding Damir’s proposal to include hi-tech when looking at econmic development for the Cowichan Valley. Damir Wallener I recently shared my thoughts on economic development with the CVRD board. I am grateful for the delegation opportunity, and appreciate the chance to ...

Cowichan Conversations: Why Not a Community Investment Fund for the Cowichan Valley?

Rob Douglas Since 2001 the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has operated an in-house economic development body to help the regional economy prosper and grow. With an annual budget exceeding $800,000, Economic Development Cowichan (EDC) now employs several staff and oversees a range of activities to expand the agricultural sector, market tourism and attract the ...

Political Eh-conomy: Paths old and new: beyond the tar sands

This is an expansion of my last piece on the tar sands. The expanded form was republished as a Bullet at Socialist Project. I’ve decided to post the new bits here as they can stand alone. On a path to nowhere One way to see how this happens is to turn to the concept of path ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: NAFTA, “Free Trade” and the TPP: Fast-Track To Full Corporate Rule

“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Problem Described #nlpoli

One of the major factors affecting economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador is the literacy level of the population. If you want to see the extent of the problem in one area, consider the case of Bell Island.  According to a May 2008 briefing note released as part of a recent Access to Information request: ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Annual GDP Change #nlpoli

A release on Friday from Statistics Canada showed that the provincial economy shrank by almost 5% in 2012.  They even supplied a lovely chart to illustrate the GDP changes in each province as well as the national average. This wasn’t just modest growth or even a  modest drop.  We are talking one of only two ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: We can get there from here #nlpoli

People across the province are astounded that some students at Memorial University cannot correctly identify countries, continents, and oceans on a map of the world. Geographic illiteracy shocks people.  Well, it should, just like they should be appalled that 44% of the people over 15 years of age in this province read below the minimum ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Putting selective “facts” on the splitting table #nlpoli

Premier Kathy Dunderdale wants to have a  “conversation” about the provincial government’s financial mess and the ways we might fix it. That’s what she told CBC’s David Cochrane in her year-end interview.  One of the things Kathy wants to talk about is taxes, specifically the number of people not paying the bulk of the taxes ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Remittance Work and the Newfoundland Economy #nlpoli

For those who have been following the issue, SRBP and others were talking about remittance work back in 2007. It remains a key part of the current administration’s economic policy.  The proof is in an airport in western Newfoundland that offers parking facilities for patrons who may be gone for upwards of one year. -srbp-

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: GovSpeak Translator #nlpoli

A “forgivable loan” is another way of saying that a private-sector company is getting a free gift of public-sector money. -srbp-

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Enduring Principle of Newfoundland Mining Development Policy #nlpoli

If you want to understand the provincial government’s mining policy, look no further than Joe Smallwood and a speech he gave to the local chapter of what was then the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in 1979. At the start of the speech, Smallwood quotes from his 1931 book, The New Newfoundland.  Newfoundland had ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Some help for the St. John’s Board of Trade #nlpoli

…who have suddenly discovered that the provincial economy is in serious need of diversification: a 2010 series called the Fragile Economy. Staying the course (March 2010) Reductio ad argentum (April 2010) …and two steps back (April 2010) Now three steps back and loving it (April 2010) If they really want to get a handle on ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The politics of logic and history #nlpoli

“Government does not work on logic,” a wise man once told your humble e-scribbler.  “It works on the basis of history.” When faced with a new problem, people tend to do what they did before, not what might make sense in the new circumstances. You can see that the preference for history over logic in ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Government cash give-aways #nlpoli

CBC’s Rob Antle has updated work done over the past couple of years on government give-aways to private sector businesses in the name of economic development: The Newfoundland and Labrador government has funnelled more than $20 million into grants, loans and the direct costs of business-attraction initiatives that have provided a net benefit of fewer ...