Thursday, July 27, 2006

Canada's provinces and economic growth.

This is nice to see. Newfoundland/Labrador leads the country in rate of economic growth, based on its development of oil and nickel resources. If Premier Danny Williams is smart (or, at least, smarter than Alberta Premier Ralph Klein), he'll invest what his government is collecting in trying to turn the province around. For years, Newfoundland has been a bit of a joke in Canada, characterized not only as a group of bellicose hicks (at best), but also as inveterately lazy and heavily dependent on government welfare. Given the temporary boost from resources, one hopes that Newfoundland will be able to develop enough sustainable industries to keep the province growing.

Looking further down the article, we see that all the provinces are growing, at least slightly. Which, as far as I know, is generally considered a good thing. Again, though, this growth needs to be directed in sustainable ways and towards the future benefit of the provinces. Ralph Klein has no such ambition -- his oil sands projects are unquestionably increasing Canada's pollution and his frequent tax cuts will, once the oil runs out (or the demand drops out of the market, or both), likely drive the average Albertan either into poverty, or into Ontario. I don't think it's too much to expect the other Canadian premiers to behave with more sense than a neocon hack.

No comments: