It’s the economy, stupid

That was apparently the saying taped up on the wall of Bill Clinton’s election headquarters in 1992…and it’s still the case today.  Jobs and the economy remain the number one issue for politicians at all levels, including your Mayor. 

Here’s a couple things worth looking at on the economic front – the first is a speech by Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of Canada, on the broader economic climate:

http://www.bankofcanada.ca/2011/09/speeches/recent-economic-developments/

Then this: 

http://research.cibcwm.com/economic_public/download/if-20110928.pdf

It was published the other day by CIBC research, on why investing in infrastructure is the best way to stimulate the economy and create jobs.  However, they argue for a new model of investment, essentially having pensions fund and the private sector fund and in some cases operate basic municipal infrastructure.  I think this can work well with some things – Barrie’s new transit system will be a public-private partnership – but it’s not appropriate at all for some other services, like water operations.   Your comments are welcome!