New Brunswick out to prove Einstein was right

INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result

New Brunswick out to prove Einstein was rightNew Brunswick is in a tough economic position. Taxes are heavy, unemployment is high and people are leaving to find opportunity elsewhere. Unfortunately, the province has embraced policies – a mix of deficit spending, subsidies for hand-picked businesses as well as high taxes on families and businesses – which it says will fuel growth and…

At least Atlantic Canada leads in something

Unfortunately, it's sales taxes

At least Atlantic Canada leads in somethingThree Atlantic provinces now share the country's highest sales tax rate. It is hardly a noteworthy distinction. On July 1, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador raised the tax two percentage points to 15 per cent, joining Nova Scotia, which increased its harmonized sales tax (HST) in 2010. Prince Edward Island joins the club in…

Bad news keeps piling up for New Brunswick

From punitive tax strategies to moribund job creation to a weak education system, this provincial government seems intent on failure

Bad news keeps piling up for New BrunswickAre New Brunswick's challenges so overwhelming that the provincial government has given up trying to solve them? Or does the province believe decisions to reverse its grim economic position and troubling social indicators should be kicked down the road? After a recent provincial government announcement to permanently ban shale gas development and another to appeal…

Don’t blame seniors for Atlantic Canada’s economic difficulties

Instead, it has too few young workers due to a slow economy, caused largetly by government policies

Don’t blame seniors for Atlantic Canada’s economic difficultiesOttawa's health-care funding model is failing. That, at least, is what Atlantic Canada's premiers tell anyone willing to listen. They want Ottawa to direct more health dollars to our region because we have an older population and a shrinking workforce. The premiers say we're being shortchanged. Premier Brian Gallant believes federal health transfers, distributed based…

Why New Brunswick still won’t allow cross-border booze buying

Even in the face of a clear court ruling, the province seems intent on standing in the way of free trade

Why New Brunswick still won’t allow cross-border booze buyingHeads the province wins, tails you lose. This appears to be the response of the Gallant government to the recent court decision declaring as unconstitutional New Brunswick's longstanding restrictions on bringing alcohol for personal consumption into the province. The government has until the end of the month to appeal provincial court Judge Ronald LeBlanc's ruling that…

New Brunswick sinking further into debt

New Brunswick needs a long-term strategy for growth and a reform of its spending model if it is to reverse course

New Brunswick sinking further into debtThe recent New Brunswick budget shows that a series of tax increases and modest spending measures to tackle the province's dire fiscal situation will not mean less provincial debt. Rather, debt will continue to grow under the fiscal plan unveiled last week. To reverse course the province needs to adopt a strategy to grow its…