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Thu
29
Jan

Comment: State of the Province Address a Missed Opportunity

Opposition Leader Bruce Fitch described Wednesday's 2015 edition of the State of the Province address as a missed opportunity.

 

Outlining his impression of the address, Fitch explained, "The Premier's delivery was very good, but the details were lacking. I give him full marks for style, but low marks for substance. This was an opportunity for the Premier to hit the reset button on his very shaky start in office. I think he missed that opportunity."

 

Wed
28
Jan

New Brunswick companies showcasing at Costco Atlantic locations

From left: Ryan Albright, president, CEO and owner of Covered Bridge Potato Chips.

New Brunswick-made products are in the spotlight at Costco’s six locations throughout Atlantic Canada as part of an initiative made possible by the Department of Economic Development’s Export Development Program.

The eight New Brunswick companies being showcased in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton are:

A Acadian Atlantic;

Bonte Foods;

Covered Bridge Chips;

Érablière de la Montagne Verte;

Érablière Denis Côté;

Fancy Pokket;

G.E. Barbours; and

Wed
28
Jan

Comment: We do not need more program review. We need program execution.

At the end of the competitive 2010 election campaign, at a time when the total financial impacts of numerous new spending commitments were still being assessed, the new government was presented, for the first time, with an introduction to the demographic and economic reality of our province, prepared by the civil service. At that time, the deficit for 2010/11 was forecasted to be $820.4 million, and trending higher.
 
By contrast, today's government entered office with a 2014/15 deficit forecasted to be $377 million, and trending downward - a $443 million improvement. This demonstrates a reduction in expense growth over the previous four years, from an average rate of 5.9% to 0.8%. This was a direct result of strong expenditure management practices that was a daily focus.
 
Wed
28
Jan

BDC Young Entrepreneur Award Contest -$100,000 Opportunity to Advance Your Business

Small business owners from Atlantic Canada, aged 18-35, are encouraged to apply to the cross Canada Young Entrepreneur Award contest, a once in a lifetime opportunity to set their company on a new course to growth and a brighter business future.  Since taking part in last year’s Business Development Bank of Canada Young Entrepreneur contest, Atlantic finalist Paula Macpherson, of Southgate Dentistry, has seen her start-up business boom and wants to encourage other young entrepreneurs to enter the 2015 race for $100,000.
 
“Entering the BDC YEA contest was one of the most exciting things I've done in my career. Being a finalist was a unique and amazing platform for reaching out to the community and showcasing what Southgate Dentistry is all about. The support we received from the people of Nova Scotia was outstanding. If you're considering applying, do it!”  Paula MacPherson – Southgate Dentistry
 
Tue
20
Jan

Partnership brings Brazilian coffee beans to Saint John coffee shop

Coccamp has set up operations in Saint John, resulting in a partnership between the Brazilian coffee company and local coffee shop Java Moose.

“We believe in the tremendous potential of New Brunswick’s small and medium-sized enterprises,” said Economic Development Minister Rick Doucet. “The province’s economic growth relies on strong ties between businesses and critical transportation assets. Our sustained commitment to these long-term partnerships continues to help businesses gain access to new trade and market opportunities.”

Sat
17
Jan

Fiready Inc. receives $510,000 ACOA frunds and Provincial development funds

The project consists of purchasing and installing a biomass boiler. This equipment will increase the operation’s productivity by maximizing the plant’s drying capability. It is expected that acquiring this technology will result in increased sales for the business.

The federal government, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Business Development Program, is providing a $350,000 repayable contribution to the modernization project. The provincial government is providing $110,000 through the Northern New Brunswick Economic Development and Innovation Fund, and $50,000 through the NB Growth program. Fiready is investing $10,000 and has a $200,000 loan from the Business Development Bank of Canada. 

Fri
16
Jan

Former Morgentaler abortion clinic will re-open under new ownership

PHOTO: CLINIC 554/FACEBOOK

Wed
14
Jan

Premier Gallant refuses to allow public scrutiny on Legislature Standing Rule changes

The Official Opposition is disappointed that Brian Gallant is unwilling to hold open meetings or to seek the advice of external experts on his proposed changes to the Legislative Assembly's Standing Rules.  A meeting of the Legislature's Standing Committee on Procedure ended abruptly today when the government refused again to collaborate.

 

"We approached today's Committee meeting in a genuine way, with open minds.  We wanted to collaborate, to talk about ways to improve our process and, importantly, to discuss how the committee can seek the advice of external experts and the public.  Instead, the government refused to cooperate," said Opposition House Leader Madeleine Dubé.

Wed
14
Jan

Opposition Tories call for transparency and public scrutiny regarding changes to Legislative Standing Rules

After it repeatedly called for a more open, collaborative approach to modernizing the Legislature's Standing Rules during the fall legislative session, the Official Opposition welcomes Brian Gallant's move to reconvene the Legislature's Standing Committee on Procedure.

 

The Standing Rules set the ground rules for how the Legislature operates.  "Brian Gallant's proposal, in its current form, would implement the most fundamental changes to those rules in a generation, but they were assembled without consulting the Official Opposition or, it appears, any external experts on the subject," said Leader of the Opposition Bruce Fitch.

Wed
14
Jan

Strategic Program Review launched

The process for finding measures to eliminate the province’s deficit was announced today by Health Minister Victor Boudreau, minister responsible for Strategic Program Review. Boudreau was joined by Michael Horgan, chair of the Strategic Program Review advisory committee.

“If we are going to have the means to invest in job creation and make life more affordable for families, we must first right our fiscal ship,” said Boudreau. “We do not believe that we can do this alone. We must consider all ideas. That is why we will be talking to New Brunswickers, building upon previous efforts and engaging a panel of outside experts to find creative solutions to address our fiscal challenges.”

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