Ships start here but our hot dogs will be made in Hamilton

As someone who has been in the economic development promotion biz for 20 years, you could not have had a more stark contrast.  On the radio in the car I flipped from three stations – the first was reporting from the winning shipbuilding bid in Halifax.  People were crying with happiness.  I flipped to one NB station where people were complaining about shale gas.  I flipped again and heard the the hub meat packing plant in Moncton – which at one time employed nearly 1000 people in good paying jobs – was closing for good.  This on top of hearing yesterday that UPS was shipping Moncton jobs to Guatemala (this I haven’t confirmed).

The whole radio thing was a coincidence but I couldn’t help but play it forward a bit.