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Re: “Saying farewell to Nova Scotia for a reason

Since it doesn’t look as if Quebec is going to do Nova Scotia a favor, Nova Scotians will have to work within the system. However, working with in the system does have certain advantages, such as very large ship building contracts from the feds.

The native people in Canada often categorize their history as before and after contact with the Whites. Let’s look at Nova Scotia's history like that.

Before contact with Canada, Nova Scotia had a thriving coastal trade as far south as the Caribbean that was built on breaking bulk in Halifax. Rails from Sydney were transported to Africa and India on wind powered ships. There were hundreds of small industries like Sunlight soap and Lowney’s chocolate that has substantial payrolls.

After contact, high Canadian exports tariffs killed the coast trade and shippers were obliged to rely on meager pickings from servicing ice bound Montreal and Toronto. Then the Upper and Lower Canadians started out transferring. Steel mills in Hamilton stripped Sydney of skilled labor and contracts. Sherbrook took Lowney’s and more recently, Longueil took the Canso muffler factory.

What could Nova’s do to bring about a Restoration and stem the population drain? Other locations have fought back against similar conditions by producing heavily branded, specialty goods. Look at: Briar pipes, Scotch, Irish Cream, Mont Blanc, Ferrari, Egyptian cotton and Russian caviar.

Cheers, JL

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Posted by JAL on 12/15/2013 at 2:14 PM

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