Well I said I was going to see the movie ……………………….. and I did!
It turned out to be exactly what I figured it would be, no more and no less, and that’s O.K. with me!
Quebec Report!
Why Quebec is closed for business: La Belle Province comes close to dead last in almost every measure of private sector investment
The report, authored by Philip Cross, the former chief economist at Statistics Canada, shows the extent to which the economies of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes now rely on public sector versus private sector investment for growth. Condensed version: a whole honking lot. Investment spending refers to money spent on structures, machinery and equipment, and since 2000, the report notes, public sector investment as a share of GDP has nearly doubled in Quebec to almost six per cent. At the same time, business investment—you know, by actual companies—has stagnated at seven per cent. That’s put Quebec near the bottom of the pack, alongside Ontario, and a notch above New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. “Business investment is the lifeblood of economic growth,” Cross wrote in an opinion piece. “It determines what the economy will look like years from now, and how competitive its workers will be.”
Of course, to have business investment, you’ve got to have businesses. And that’s where Quebec faces serious problems that run far deeper than any single austerity budget can hope to tackle.
In December, Statistics Canada released a largely overlooked research paper that examined the rates at which new businesses have been joining and leaving the marketplace in each province. The creation of new firms and the destruction of old ones, through consolidation or closure, is key to a vibrant economy, bringing in new ideas and innovations and forcing existing businesses to pick up their game.
You can probably guess where Quebec ranked, but I’ll tell you anyway.
From 2000 to 2009, no province had lower so-called “firm entry” than Quebec.
In fact, in the manufacturing, retail, transportation and finance sectors, more companies went away than were created. No other province had that level of “destruction” without the customarily accompanying “creative.”
Here’s another reason to dislike the Canada Revenue Agency.
Since January they have a “snitch line” that lets you report people who have money stashed away in foreign bank accounts …………, and you get a percentage of the money they collect!
Well, at least that’s one thing I’ll never have to worry about!
A dead body on a gurney fell out of a coroner’s van when a door malfunctioned, sending the corpse into the middle of a busy roadway in Pennsylvania.
The Bucks County Courier Times reports the accident happened around noon on Friday near a shopping center in Feasterville, Pennsylvania.
A photo on the newspaper’s website shows the corpse, wrapped in what appears to be a white sheet, lying in the street as cars buzz by.
The office says it “deeply regrets” the incident. A passer-by who helped get the body into the van says he thought it was a prank, calling it “the most bizarre thing” he’d ever seen.
Down in the U.S. of A. Attorney General Eric Holder says Sarah Palin is no better a legal analyst than a vice presidential candidate.
Asked about Palin’s call last week to impeach President Obama, Holder told ABC’s This Week that “she wasn’t a particularly good vice presidential candidate (in 2008). She’s an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why.”
Palin and some other Republicans say they want to impeach Obama for issues ranging from the spike in illegal border crossings to what they call excessive use of executive orders.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has renewed calls for an inquiry into Benghazi, and additional information of Obama’s actual citizenship!


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