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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Lots Of Ideas Emerge From Policy Form On Economic Development

The New Brunswick economy is headed in the wrong direction......That's what the Provincial Liberal Party's policy forum at U-N-B Saint John on urban economic development was told by Larry Hachey, former President of the Saint John Board of Trade. 

Hachey tells CHSJ News when it comes to growing the provincial economy and creating jobs, it's time provincial governments stopped trying to hit what he calls "home runs" with big job announcements when 80 per cent of the job growth in New Brunswick comes from small companies.

He says we need a Premier to be market driven, who looks at possibilities. The policy forum was also told New Brunswick needs a culture change where we start selling ourselves better to outsiders and stop selling ourselves short.

Hachey says the province should be aggressively attempting to attract business immigrants who will set up shop here and we need to be looking at best economic practices from elsewhere.