View Full Version : May be of some interest to folks in Maine...

05-16-2014, 12:41 AM

Chris Coose
05-16-2014, 04:12 AM
This story reads a bit fluffy. As usual, the comments fill in the large holes.

It reads like Eastport is crowded with skilled boat builders, which is kinda comical.

05-16-2014, 07:10 AM
It's true that the place his business used to be - just outside Miramichi - has lost one helluva lot of workers. My (and his former) province's economy is the weakest in Canada, and working-age people have been leaving in droves to go places where they can find work. The flip side is that those working age folks who stay ... tend to be less motivated than the ones who launch Westward towards the oilfields or take positions in the fly-in/fly-out mining towns way up North.

Why would a motivated person stay to work a minimun wage job with shaky job security, when you can make $80K+ elsewhere? You'd stay because of family ties, because of a committment to long-held family property ... for a while. The really motivated folks who are driven by such things essentially commute. That's a horrible life.

Businesses, like this man's, will locate where they've got incentives to locate. There are a bunch of good reasons (like ice free harbours) to shift a boatbuilding business onto Fundy from the Northumberland Strait, and those reasons multiply when one Government will offer you incentives, and the other won't.

And our guys won't, these days.

For what it's worth, New Brunswick governments in the last 10 years or so have made a raft of poor "investment" decisions to try to encourage some marginal businesses to stay. One of these turned into a scandal which contributed to a change in Government, 2 elections ago ... making the current and very fiscally conservative administration essentially swear off providing relocation grants, loan guarantees etc. They encourage businesses using a variety of other policy tools, but know the voters will punish them for writing cheques. Instead, they'll argue that the market ought to reward/punish ...

BTW, it's no surprise that this is a National Post story. They're fond of bashing Maritimers who stay here even though work is scarce.