Monday, April 2, 2007

What is There to Come Back to?

The front page story of the Halifax Chronicle Herald chronicles some of the difficulties of attracting Nova Scotians back from Alberta.

It's always a worry how politicians will react when they see stories like this. More expensive websites? More PR campaigns? More sponsorship programs? More subsidies?

You never know. But what about concentrating on making Nova Scotia a better business environment? If you build it, they will come. Alberta doesn't run ad campaigns. People just know that's where opportunity is.

Now there are those out there who say it's because Alberta has oil and that's true. The question is why we sabotage ourselves by not matching their other advantages.

For example, Alberta scores 2nd out of the 50 US states and 10 Canadian provinces for economic freedom. Nova Scotia scores 56th. Businesses (and jobs) aren't going locate to poor economic environments. Or if they do, they'll quickly go out of business.

It's time politicians worked on the roots of the problem. And as citizens, let's stop whining for social programs for 10 years. Then, when the economic pie is big enough, go back at it.