Doug Lionais, an associate professor in the Shannon School of Business, recently released new research showing that Cape Breton would thrive economically if it were to separate from Nova Scotia and instead become a part of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Lionais, an economic geographer, says, "Cape Breton as an independent province would likely suffer economic constraints; however, if it were to amalgamate with Newfoundland and Labrador it has the potential to boom under the rule of a 'have' province."
The research Lionais has been conducting suggests that Cape Breton's labour market is better paired with that of Newfoundland and Labrador than that of Nova Scotia. He recently visited Newfoundland and Labrador to lecture on the topic of labour markets and migrant labour and was met with open arms when he suggested to the Chamber of Commerce audience that Cape Breton join the rising star province.
"The people of Newfoundland and Labrador thought it was a great idea," says Lionais. "This move would help orient Cape Breton to European markets, and the people already speak with similar accents."
With projects like the Maritime Link reaching full speed, Cape Breton could potentially become an integral part of a larger energy superpower. Lionais adds, "Newfoundland is just a short ferry ride away, so it's perfectly justifiable that we join forces to stimulate the economy. Besides, the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and Cape Breton is really catchy."
For the full research findings click here: Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and Cape Breton