AIMS is releasing its second in a series of publications examining the role the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency plays in the economic development of the region. In this edition of ACOA Watch, Brian Lee Crowley and Bruce Winchester consider the recent work by Jack Mintz and Michael Smart of the C.D. Howe Institute (www.cdhowe.org). Brooking no Favorites is critical of ACOA, noting that decisions about where to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars appear to be politically motivated. This assessment is not new to Atlantic Canadians, however until now these assertions have been based more on conjecture and anecdotal evidence. The Mintz-Smart paper is the first that analyses and documents the politicization of ACOA spending in detail. To read ACOA Watch, please click here.