06 August 2010

Show us the tit and we’ll suck it

Newfoundland and Labrador is the only place in the western world where private sector businesses look to the government as the key to economic diversification:*

“If we have some guidance and support, take some initiative on our own, we can grow Corner Brook,” [ the vice president of the Greater Corner Board of Trade] said. “I think it is a great time to be doing business or setting up new business in this region. If people are interested in that, have an entrepreneurial spirit, to let that take control and get that business off the ground.”

There is no entrepreneurial spirit in Corner Brook, evidently, not if the local business association thinks that increasing government spending is the way to “grow” the economy.

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*  Here’s the link left out of the original piece.  The same e-mail correspondent who pointed out that glaring error in the timed post also noted that the quote doesn’t support the government hand-out thesis.  Well, with the link to the whole story, it should now be clearer.

Diversification links to investment, but the investment sought is public cash:

Meanwhile, Goulding said it was important for these seven ministers [ on the cabinet committee] to realize the realities of the business sector in western Newfoundland and ensure that government does all it can to support business.

The vice-president said businesses need support and training in such areas as succession planning and getting business starts. In terms of attraction and retention of businesses, that is where he said the provincial government has to step up as a follow to the establishment of business retention and expansion co-ordinators and a performance management system for regional zone boards.

“What they need to do now is expand on those types of programs,” he said. “Let’s get those business retention and expansion co-ordinators out in the field, on the ground, talking to entrepreneurs and new and upcoming businesses to give them the support that they need.

7 comments:

Mark said...
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Mark said...

The 'only' place in the Western World???

Have you been to PEI, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Ontario, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, New Jersey, Maine...

Ursula said...

As a young child in 1951 , Corner Brook had a population of 10,227 ,the population now sits somewhere around 20.083 .

I spent 34 years out of the province and on my return was astonished to see how very little the city had grown .

Corner Brook is a beautiful city but, it is a mill town ,there has been little or no diversification .

Over sixty years of what appears to be stagnation , and when I hear " with guidance and support and some initiative on our part , we can grow this city ", it makes me angry .

This is a load of hogwash precipitated by this government .

And what angers me more is that we have people in Corner Brook that fall for this hook ,line and sinker .

Cities thrive and grow because they fulfill a need .There appears to be no need for Corner Brook to expand , hence the stagnation .

Anyong said...

I remember when Corner Brook was a vibrant place to be. I visited it again after being away for a long tme in 94 and was atonished at the stagnation. However recently, the college issue is a prime example of how Corner Brook will never be able to rise to it's potential above and beyond a mill town, as St. John's always feels it is threatened by explansion anywhere else especially on the West Coast. If a billionair were to move into Corner Brook with clout there would be a different attitude. Dig a trench and set the Avalon adrift as Newfoundland is not St. John's. It would prefer to be closer to Florida anyway.

Ed Hollett said...

The only thing the Grenfell University issue illustrated was the entent to which some people could be hoodwinked or otherwise deluded into believing something that was essentially a load of crap.

Anyone who suggested and who still suggests Grenfell can be a separet university has never once taken a look at enrolment issues.

Fanciful thinking of that university sort or the notion that we can build cars successfully in NL is the sort of foolishness that distracts people from considering other, practical notions.

Anyong said...

Were you not Mr. Ed, at one point in favour of Grenfell obtaining University status? Wouldn't the student enrollment increase significantly if Grenfell had University status? There is only so much accomplished at the college level. Even University transfer courses would be an improvement.

Ed Hollett said...

As I noted when this whole racket flared up - conveniently - in time for the last provincial election, there was no evidence that the available or likely pool of undergraduates students would sustain Grenfell in the way the two consultants suggested.

In fact, the two consultants should have to pay back their fee for making recommendations without having studied the whole issue of students on which their entire scheme rested.

On top of that, they proposed to create, essentially another competitor for MUN and for UCCB and other similar institutions without trying to develop a unique curriculum that would attract students.

Without students, any proposal to make Grenfell a second university simply doesn't matter a row of beans.