Municipal Affairs & Economic Development

M U N I C I P A L   A F F A I R S  &  E C O N O M I C   D E V E L O P M E N T

Even though news cycles do not pay as much attention to municipal policies, many of the most important policy decisions that affect Canadians and their families most directly are made at the municipal level. AIMS research on Municipal Affairs focuses on identifying the policy choices that help cities and towns thrive and develop economically and which ones lead to stagnation and decline.

This research area also deals with one of the most important objectives of public policy – to enable Economic Development and growth. Given the fiscal challenges we face in our region, and the social challenges flowing from rates of poverty and unemployment that are above the national average, the need for pro-growth economic policy in Atlantic Canada is especially urgent.

POLICY PAPERS & OP-ED COMMENTARIES

NAFTA’s potential end is Canada’s greatly needed wake-up call

by SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Despite Canada’s optimism, NAFTA talks seem to be heading nowhere. Wanting to push back on Mexico’s influence over the American economy, Washington now is indicating that the bilateral option with Canada is more appealing. In Trump’s playbook, multilateral deals are highly complex and can ...
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Marco Navarro-Génie in the Halifax Examiner

On September 8th, 2017, President and CEO Marco Navarro-Génie appeared in the Halifax Examiner. Navarro-Génie commented on Bill 148 and his expectations of Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil. Read the full article here  ...
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No doubt some bureaucrats are trying to bring Trump down. Why would that surprise you?

By PATRICK LUCIANI (AIMS Senior Fellow) Financial Post, 29 August 2017 There’s no doubt some public employees are trying to bring Trump down. But this shouldn’t surprise anyone. We live under the perception — or shall we say illusion — that civil servants are altruistic and loyally serve whichever party ...
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Cornwallis and Ryerson: Heroes or Villains?

By GERRY BOWLER (Senior Fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy) Frontier Centre for Public Policy, 31 July 2017 How much of a hero do you have to be to warrant a statue? How much of a villain do you have to be to have your name stripped from ...
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Radio: CETA Trade Deal

In 2016, Canada and the European Union signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA. CETA is a political achievement from successive federal governments, which overcame resistance to trade in some European regions. The value of this trade deal for Atlantic Canada is tremendous. For decades, our industries have ...
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MEDIA MENTIONS

Marco Navarro-Génie in the Halifax Examiner

On September 8th, 2017, President and CEO Marco Navarro-Génie appeared in the Halifax Examiner. Navarro-Génie commented on Bill 148 and his expectations of Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil. Read the full article ...
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NowNS: Nova Scotia good news worth talking about

News article mentioning AIMS study Seven Habits of Highly Effective First Nations • Chronicle Herald, 07 February 2017 The dramatic, doomsday headlines stick out in a reader’s memory and too ...
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Moncton : le prix des maisons le plus bas au pays

News article mentioning the 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey • Radio-Canada New Brunswick, 23 January 2017 A Radio-Canada news story discusses housing affordability, mentioning the results of the ...
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NE lawmakers propose seceding from Eastern Time

In the Cape Cod Times, AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie is quoted in a story about the advantages of the Atlantic time zone. He argues that "In the age of high-volume ...
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