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Alec Bruce is one of Atlantic Canada’s most-read, most-esteemed journalists. Currently a columnist for the Moncton Times & Transcript, Alec has held senior staff positions at the Globe and Mail (national, city and business sections), Report on Business magazine, the Financial Times of Canada, Commercial News magazine, and the Moncton Times & Transcript. Between 2007 and 2016, he was New Brunswick Contributing Editor of Atlantic Business Magazine.

Alec, who is a multiple gold and silver award-winner in regional, national and international competitions, writes for newspapers, magazines and online publications. He also writes books.

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Alec

    As you might expect, I loved your column “Fail to the Chief…”, especially Barbara Bush’s “We’ve had enough Bushes”

    Bill

  2. Mark Hammer says:

    RE: All the data that’s not fit to print

    I think one needs to distinguish between two entirely separate issues (though I’ll get to their link momentarily). One of the issues concerns the wisdom of shifting from the mandatory long-form census to the voluntary National Household Survey. And there, I think, former Chief Statistician Munir Sheik has pretty much summarized my feelings on the matter.

    The other concern revolves around the disruption at Statistics Canada resulting from the staff cutsn in response to Budget 2012. As you can see here – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/04/12/pol-federal-job-cuts-tracker.html – StatsCan was among the hardest hit in the first wave of cuts. Other departments may well end up laying off more in the long run, but StatsCan’s knife was sharpest at the outset.

    To be fair, some of those cuts were likely temporary staff, hired specifically for the data-collection and data-processing of Census 2011. But there were a lot of other cuts as well. Staff that were declared surplus in one part of the organization were sometimes placed in another part. In short, there was a LOT of shuffling around, which undoubtedly affected the smoothness and seamlessness of operations. They’re not hamstrung, but they did experience an organizational fender-bender, and I expect that was the source of the recent delay-of-release.

    As for the linkage, you will note that the abandonment of the long form happened under Tony Clement as Industry Minister, and the workforce reduction is also happening under Tony Clement, as Secretary of the Treasury Board. The guy “gets around”.

  3. Bob Childs says:

    I was glad to see your column back again where it belongs in this morning’s paper. I hope your column will stay here. I did not like it when they moved it to the side column.

  4. Marc-Andre Chiasson says:

    Enjoyed your column on public servants in Saturday’s T&T. Is it available online as I’d like to post it on FB

  5. Marc-Andre Chiasson says:

    Thanks, Alec

  6. Sheila McCarthy says:

    I am a faithful reader of your column in the Times&Transcript and have always been impressed with your view and support of early childhood education. I am a volunteer board member of the Family and Early Childhood Anglophone East Inc. We are searching for new board members with a variety of backgrounds who believe in helping children in our region get a good start to their lifelong learning journey. If you are interested please contact me and I would be happy to give you more information.

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