By Marco Navarro-Génie
WATCH: Yesterday in PEI, four Atlantic Premiers and five federal cabinet ministers announced an “Atlantic growth strategy”, with immigration and economic development the central focus. In the following video, AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie reacts to the premiers’ announcement. He explains that increased immigration can be a good thing, but it is a part of a much larger economic policy problem in our region.
Outmigration is a significant problem in Atlantic Canada, and so immigration sounds like a good thing. However, bringing new people in does not, on its own, guarantee economic growth. What we ought to be fixing is the economy. Fixing the economy will help to keep Atlantic Canadians home and to retain the immigrants we bring to the region. We need to tackle the conditions that have precipitated our current problems: high taxes, high cost of utilities like gas and electricity, and eliminating bans on legal economic activities such as fracking and pipeline development.