A Gateway is not a Region
There is nothing like the promise of money from Ottawa to draw Atlantic Canadians to the trough. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than regional infrastructure projects.
All too often, such an enticing draw leads to infighting and pits one area of the region against another.
Federal interest in the emerging Atlantic Gateway is the latest initiative to garner such attention. Ottawa has already promised $570 million for the Pacific Gateway strategy and many Atlantic Canadians are expecting equal treatment.
But what is a gateway strategy and is Atlantic Canada geared to take the best advantage of such a programme? In this Commentary, AIMS policy analyst Stephen Kymlicka looks at the strategy, the confusion it has generated and concludes the opportunity is real, as long as the region pulls together, not apart.
To read this Commentary, click here.