The Beacon - May 16, 2017 | Volume XXIII, No. 9
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Good Day! 

This past week, we published a new policy paper entitled Reinventing the Building of Schools. Author Paul W. Bennett explores the controversial issue of public-private partnerships for school construction in Nova Scotia. His report shows that, contrary to public perceptions, the province's foray into P3s was far from a boondoggle, and taxpayers likely came out ahead in comparison with traditional public procurement. Please see more information about the paper below.

Please note as well our upcoming lunch event in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. AIMS Chairman John Risley will speak about "scaling up" business growth in Atlantic Canada. The event promises to be interesting and well-attended so get your tickets today. Listen to my interview with VOCM's Tim Powers to learn more about the event. 

We have also published several op-eds, appearing in regional papers. Our Newfoundland and Labrador Research Fellow Ed Hollett writes on a legitimate tuition increase for Memorial University, given provincial budget constraints. And our Operations Manager Alex Whalen discusses the recent budget tabled in his home province of Prince Edward Island. He contends that while a budget surplus puts P.E.I. on a good fiscal footing, this is only the beginning for solid economic policy.

As always, we appreciate your readership and support for Atlantic Canada's only independent, non-partisan think tank, supporting better public policy for all Atlantic Canadians. To assist with our efforts, please consider making a donation at

Until next time, Onward! 

Marco Navarro-Génie
President & CEO


Friends of AIMS presents...

Scaling Up Business Growth
in Atlantic Canada

with John Risley, O.C.
Sheraton St. John’s, NL
12 Noon Thursday, May 25

Lunch and admittance free for Friends of AIMS. For others, please visit our website for ticket details.




Reinventing the Building of Schools

The Real Legacy of Public-Private-Partnership (P3) Schools in Nova Scotia

By Paul W. Bennett

Reinventing the Building of Schools revisits the history of public-private partnerships for school construction. Though the province’s experience with P3’s since the mid-1990s has been widely described as a failure, the paper contends that the record is far more favourable. While there are numerous “hard lessons” to take from Nova Scotia’s P3 policies, it is in the public interest to revisit the model for future projects.

Author Paul W. Bennett contends that “public criticisms of the P3 school deals have been overstated and amplified by politically-driven research.” The critical issue is not whether the province should purchase or “buy-out” private contractors, “but how we can sustain the innovative impulse unlocked by the first generation of P3s – nurture the innovative ideas, recapture entrepreneurial spirit, and move ahead with a more flexible, integrated and responsive school building process.”

>>> Read more

LISTEN: News 95.7 Rick Howe interviews Paul Bennett
READ: Dispelling the P3 schools myth: setting the record straight



MUN tuition increase reasonable and necessary 

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2017-18 budget includes a $3-million funding cut for Memorial University. The university’s Board of Regents could bring in more than enough money to offset the reduction by increasing tuition fees by a mere 10 percent. >> Read More

The end the sticker shock? 

Many Canadian consumers have noticed the price of lettuce skyrocket. Such fluctuations happen all the time, regardless of whether Canadians are willing to accept them. Nonetheless, technological advances could make these occurrences a thing of the past. >> Read More

Budget puts Island on good fiscal path 

The PEI government deserves credit for getting back to balance. However, balance should be the first milestone in a fiscal plan, not the last. Too many governments achieve balance only to plunge back into deficit. >> Read More


LISTEN to our AIMS radio pieces on public policy issues in Atlantic Canada:

Population growth hopeful sign for NS reserves

by Joseph Quesnel


As an important voice in advocating fiscal prudence and market solutions, AIMS is a vital institution for Atlantic Canada. The political and economic issues facing the region cannot be resolved by a further regime of dependence on the rest of Canada, or by levying a harsher tax burden upon Atlantic citizens and businesses. Going forward, bringing public expenditure within the bounds of our means is the only way to ensure that the pillars of government in our region – healthcare, education, and public services – remain viable.

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