News

Deals

Negotiate with a purpose 

Helping and supporting those individuals at the negotiating table navigate complex issues, understand the compromises that need to be made, and take the strong positions required when necessary to ensure long-term sustainability is key to our success. Businesses have long marveled at the general incompetence of government when a deal is being negotiated. This should […]

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Civil Service

One Province. One Mission. 

To ensure our companies remain competitive inside and outside the province, trade agreements must be implemented in a fair and equitable manner. We want local companies to be first choice for New Brunswick work. To ensure these same companies have opportunities outside of New Brunswick, the process must be managed fairly, and complaints of unfair practices […]

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Spending

Spending to the Budget 

As Chair of Board of Management, when in government, I was often confronted with many interesting proposals to spend money on projects of varying degree of credibility. I recall one such occasion where it was proposed that we provide a company with $500K for an energy conversion project from oil to natural gas. Upon reviewing […]

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Business

Gateways to the World 

It is easy to say that we will “stop all forms of business/corporate welfare” and yes, if it is welfare then I completely agree. Supporting businesses or infrastructure that clearly introduce new money or opportunities into the system is entirely a different matter. Providing an avenue for New Brunswick companies to export their products and/or […]

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Workforce

Our Skills Gap Can Be Solved 

I recall a meeting with education officials when I was first elected and one of their key measurements of performance was that students were staying in school longer. I asked how this related to their capability upon graduation and what they did after graduating and I was told: “we do not track that.” We are […]

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Students

Free Tuition Program Runs Amok 

It is common practice for governments to design and implement new policies to address vague commitments made during the election campaign process. This is often accompanied by a consultation process. Often more effort is placed on the communication of a consultation process rather than the actual consultation process itself. A new policy is generally formulated […]

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Civil Service

An Engaged Civil Service – Our Greatest Untapped Resource 

Operations in business or in government should mean the same thing, better service delivery for the customer. In business it is simple: you do it because you want to stay in business and continue your employment. In government, the “promise me more” not “promise me better” group gets elected. Priorities are determined through the election […]

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Seniors

Aging Care in New Brunswick 

Background:  The cost of nursing home services in the Province of NB has increased by 300% since 2000-2001 (from $110M to $313M per year). This means that nursing home services now comprise over 28% of the total budget of Social Development. The portion of New Brunswickers aged 75 and older will double between 2016 and […]

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