Friday, 18 April 2008

Quebec signposts for the world

Quebec recently saw a new provincial budget unveiled. Now Ministers are trying to sell it to their voters. Recently it was the turn of the Economic Development minister Raymond Bachand.

He didn’t mince his words … saying "Productivity has become my obsession."

Bachand ticked off a few reasons why the productivity issue has become so urgent: the worsening economic slowdown in the United States, the strength of the Canadian dollar, rising energy costs, competition from emerging economies and looming labour shortages in Quebec as the workforce ages.

Do those of you outside of Canada recognise the drivers?

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