Plain Rhetoric

By: Bill McQuarrie

High-tech, resources, tourism can coexist in a truly diverse local economy

November 29, 2016 - 5:01am

KAMLOOPS — I’m a curious kind of guy and have noticed that whenever we talk about diversifying our local economy, the conversation quickly goes off track as people respond with something along the lines of, “True, but we can’t live on tourism jobs alone.”  

My curiosity makes me wonder why.  Why do we always fall back on that as being the only possible outcome of a diversified economy?  

An Inconvenient Truth

November 15, 2016 - 3:15pm

The American election is done; the votes counted, the outcome a fait de complete and the first serious Canadian casualty may be Kamloops.  In particular, as America begins building walls and retreating into isolationist type behaviours, there is a good chance it will have a serious impact on our forestry sector.

The end of oil dependency is only a motion away

November 9, 2016 - 8:00am Updated: November 14, 2016 - 11:21am

WHAT WOULD happen if Canada’s and therefore B.C.’s natural resources were no longer as strongly valued or even needed by the rest of the world?

Over the decades we’ve experienced mini versions of this scenario, usually brought on by a global recession and lasting for a few years.  So it’s not unusual and we always rationalize and explain it away by referring to our resource sector as a Boom and Bust type economy.

Politicians can’t be friends with everybody all the time

November 2, 2016 - 9:00am Updated: November 14, 2016 - 11:21am

“WHY CAN’T we all just be friends”, was once a favourite phrase and the go-to conflict resolution strategy of a family friend. Over time though, she came to realize and appreciate the value and need for leadership.

It’s called leadership for a reason and running a business or a government often means not being friends with everyone, every time. Nothing wrong with consensus building and taking advice but there comes a time when you have to earn the big bucks and make that decision.

Lefty-righty labels don’t apply to free enterprise any more

October 19, 2016 - 9:00am Updated: November 14, 2016 - 11:20am

I’M SOMETIMES asked, as I was last week, about my bias to the left of the political spectrum.  Some may even be a bit confused, wondering how I can possibly write opinion pieces that don’t seem to align with traditional business conservatism.  After all, it states at the bottom of each column that I am an entrepreneur, so how, I’m asked, can a “free enterpriser” possibly be a “left winger”?

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