Visiting Grandchildren: Economic Development in the Maritimes
During his successful campaign to become Conservative Party leader in the spring of 2004, Stephen Harper said of the Maritime provinces, "We will see the day when the region is not the place where you visit your grandparents, but instead more often than not the place where you visit your grandchildren." In Visiting Grandchildren, esteemed policy analyst and scholar Donald J. Savoie explores how Canadian economic policies have served to exclude the Maritime provinces from the wealth enjoyed in many other parts of the country, especially southern Ontario, and calls for a radical new approach in how Canadian governments determine policies that affect the different regions.
Savoie advocates a 'ratchet effect' for national economic policies, whereby regions take turns at high growth, with the slow-growth region of one period becoming the high-growth region of the next, with none moving from slow-growth to decline. He demonstrates how this pattern has been effective in countries undergoing long-term regional convergence and how it would recognize that what is good for the Maritimes is good for Canada no less than what is good for Ontario is good for Canada.
Visiting Grandchildren looks to history, accidents of geography, and to the workings of national political and administrative institutions to explain the relative underdevelopment of the Maritime provinces. Savoie argues that the region must strive to redefine its relationship with the national government and with other regions, that it must ask fundamental questions of itself about its own responsibility for its present underdevelopment, develop a cooperative mindset, and embrace the market, if it is to prosper in the twenty-first century. Savoie's work serves as the blueprint for a new way of envisioning the Maritime region.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 430 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.3in x 9.3in
Reviews[Visiting Grandchildren] is, quite honestly, a book that needs to be read and discussed by all of us who care about the Maritime future.
Moncton Times & Transcript
Donald J. Savoie holds a Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance at l'Université de Moncton.
Table of contents
- History Matters
- Theories Matter Less
- Trying This
- Trying That
- Mulroney: Inflicting Prosperity
- Chrétien: Regional Economic Development Was All About Politics, Pragmatism, and National Unity
- Heal Thyself 1
- The Region Then and Now
- The Problem: Big Dogs Eat First
- The Solution: Where Can Little Dogs Eat?
PrizesThe Donner Book prize - Short-listed in 2007
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