By Jim Meek
The biggest challenge of my stroll was not gawking at the
So like I said,
More to the point – for me, anyway – is the fact that this is the city that took my kid away. And now it’s got a grip on my only grandchild, too. Elinor Clara Meek, now 30 days old, was born on Jan. 18 on the far coast of a foreign country. And the fact that she lives 4,000 kilometres away is not merely an issue for me.
It also underlines the biggest challenge facing the benighted Eastern provinces of
Our son Colin’s story is common enough for a Maritime kid: He went to graduate school at the
Like many other families, then, ours has lost members to the prosperous West. Other people’s kids have ended up in
In fact, the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council says 13,000 Atlantic Canadians moved to
What can we do to reverse this trend?
That’s the question, and it struck me this week that
Politics, crime and the courts – coverage of all three amounts to shooting fish in a barrel. It is the journalism of least resistance.
What’s more important?
Let’s start with the fact that we’re falling further behind our North American competitors, in terms of per capita income, economic growth and productivity. Let’s address the R&D gap in this region. Research and its commercialization are key indicators of future economic health. Again, this is an area where we lag behind – whether we measure business R&D spending per capita, or government support for research.
And whatever happened to innovation guru Kelvin Ogilvie’s report recommending support for environmental technologies? Or to Savoie’s prescription for economic growth: the transfer of federal jobs to the region, reduced dependence on EI, and free-market solutions?
It’s a tall order, then, figuring out how
But with better public policies, we might manage to keep a few more good kids home in Atlantic Canada. Lord knows, we’d be better off if we gave them decent opportunities here, and a chance to stay home and prosper.
Jim Meek is a freelance writer in