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:

Then this:

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!


About jefflehman
Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council, chaired the City’s Growth Management Working Group, and created the Historic Neighbourhoods project, a new initiative to protect and revitalize Barrie’s oldest neighbourhoods. Jeff has lived in Barrie for most of his life, having grown up in Allandale and attended Barrie Central Collegiate. Jeff holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. He was hired to teach at the LSE following his graduation, and lived and worked in London for two years as an academic. Since that time, as an economist, he has worked with cities across Canada to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure. In 2005, he established the Growing By Degrees Task Force to assist in expanding university education opportunities in Barrie, and has volunteered his time with many organizations in the City. Jeff lives near Downtown Barrie with his wife, Jennifer, a part-time professor of political science, and their young daughter Cassie, who is already smarter than her father.

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