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RBC Downgrades B.C.'s Economic Growth Prediction

By 250 News

Monday, October 15, 2007 12:59 PM

    British Columbia’s economic growth prospects have declined slightly to 3.1 per cent in 2007, and 2.9 per cent in 2008, according to a provincial economic outlook released today by RBC.
 
“A diversified economy is key to B.C.’s solid growth picture for this year and next,” said Craig Wright, vice-president and chief economist, RBC. “With two years to go before the flame is lit on Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, B.C.’s economy will be receiving increasingly needed stimulus to offset downside risks related to the slowing U.S. economy.” 
 
A modest fiscal stimulus from healthy government surpluses; B.C.’s growing focus upon port development aimed at cashing in on Asian trade; and strong job growth, coupled with decent wage gains that are supporting one of the better retail sales pictures in the country, are also some of the province’s positive economic influences.
 
B.C. continues to benefit from strong mineral prices that have remained high for longer than anticipated. However, weaknesses in other resource sectors are starting to show, as sawmill production volumes are off their 2006 peak and gas production in the Greater Sierra and Cutbank Ridge regions is also tracking lower than last year. 
 
according to the report. The emergence of further downward risks warrants a cautious outlook for the next decade

The forest industry  continues to be  challenged  with  weak prices. 

The report also says  new estimates indicate the spread of the mountain pine beetle  will  create losses of marketable  pine  by as much as 75 % by the end of  five years.  As well, unlike numerous other regions of the country, there are no real major new capital initiatives that are likely to fill the post-Vancouver 2010 void next decade. 
 


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Do I smell the end of the "boom"?
It has gotta be them red trees, dude. Well, we're off to Ottawa to look into offshore oil. Can't support the province with no trees. Now can we? A few holes in the ground called mines won't pay the bills or fill them coffers.
do we see oil at 86 bucks a barrel. I can almost smell a $100.00. That is a lot closer than $65.00, which it was in the not to distant past.
...and you may be very close to being right Runner46!