New Brunswick’s Self-Sufficiency Task Force issued its final report in May of 2007. It contains 91 recommendations to meet Premier Shawn Graham’s commendable goal for the province to be self-sufficient within 20 years.

While the premier’s goal and the task force recommendations were praised, concerns were expressed that to achieve success implementation cannot be in half measures.

This Commentary from the chair of the New Brunswick Business Council, Ed Barrett, points out that if the premier is committed to achieving his goal, it’s all or nothing. Barrett also suggests the government has to make the province more inviting to business, rather than just brand it as such.

To read the complete Commentary, click here.

To read AIMS’ comment on the task force report, follow these links:

Economic concerns expressed over some Task Force recommendations

Task Force calls for bigger government: critics

Premier blows his chance at self-sufficiency

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