October 06, 2015

"A disaster": Not ONE oil and gas company had a booth at Alberta's biggest job fair

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

It's unheard of: Alberta's largest jobs fair -- the annual Employment and Career Fair -- didn't have one oil and gas company booth this year!

This is another reflection of NDP premier Rachel Notley's disastrous handling of the provincial economy.

Except in their minds, it isn't a disaster -- it means their anti-oil plans are succeeding.

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commented 2015-10-08 21:04:47 -0400
The oil companies are laying people off not hiring them, and that’s because of comrade Notely and her gang.
commented 2015-10-08 21:03:40 -0400
Peter Netterville

Another load of leftist crap. Governments don’t diversify economies. They rob and they steal the food off the workings mans table, in the form of taxes, and then had it over to useless slug bum tax thieves. Which they subsidize for years before they go broke. If they were any good ion the first place they would raise private capital. Plus, Alberta’s economy is well diversified. To say it’s not, is commie BS.
commented 2015-10-07 23:17:01 -0400
Liberal federal diversification plan: Diversify into cultural Marxism, AGW-socialist tyranny, economic catastrophe.

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commented 2015-10-07 23:09:05 -0400
NDP federal diversification plan: Diversify into cultural Marxism, AGW-socialist tyranny, economic catastrophe.
commented 2015-10-07 23:06:08 -0400
NDP Alberta diversification plan: Diversify into cultural Marxism, AGW-socialist tyranny, economic catastrophe.
commented 2015-10-07 17:03:29 -0400
“and ask the tough questions, such as why has Alberta yet again completely failed to diversify its economy so it’s not so prone to commodity swings?”

Yes, the PC government failed to diversify. To this I can fully agree. The PC government had its’ failings especially after Ralph was politely ousted by his party and Stelmach was crowned. Then the party took a nose dive into corruption. But even under Ralph (who made his share of mistakes) the government could have encouraged diversification. But one thing is for absolutely sure, diversification into solar and wind power is not the way. NOT
commented 2015-10-07 16:55:55 -0400
Andrew said, " It happened in Alberta, which collapsed six months before the NDP won."

Alberta has weathered many ups and downs in our provincial economy due to the rise and fall of oil prices. We have always weathered them okay. The economy did not happen to collapse. It dropped, but we were weathering it as we always do. It is the NDP which have been hastening to downfall by their policies.

The NDP have destroyed the economy of every province in which they have governed, not the other way around. Your observation is incorrect and is just an excuse to cover for the NDP policies that cause the economic downfall of the provinces they govern.
commented 2015-10-07 16:04:49 -0400
Hmm? I live in Manitoba, I’m quite aware of the pitfalls of the NDP. That being said, it’s not like the PCs put forth a viable alternative. That’s the problem here, there seems to be some assumption that things would be any different under a right wing party. My working hypothesis is that the economy is what gets a party elected, not the other way around. Time and again, the economic trends of a mandate are apparent a year or two before a turnover in power. It happened in Ontario, which was losing manufacturing jobs even before Harris fled. It happened in Saskatchewan, which first edged into “have” territory six months before the Sask party was elected. It happened in Alberta, which collapsed six months before the NDP won. Heaven forbid, things are actually picking up here in Manitoba, and that likely means the PCs will win next year. I’m not convinced that it does make a difference- Western Canada Select is still selling for 25 bucks a barrel, and that has literally nothing to do with Alberta’s NDP. It’s hurting Saskatchewan too. The Wildrose could be in charge, and WCS would still be 25 bucks a barrel. Same with PCs. It’s time to get over petty politics – and ask the tough questions, such as why has Alberta yet again completely failed to diversify its economy so it’s not so prone to commodity swings?
commented 2015-10-07 14:18:56 -0400
ANDREW STEPHENSON, most of the more onerous increases in taxes and fees have been introduced since Notley’s NDP was elected, it is the classic case of killing the goose that laid the golden egg. Alberta, one of the only have provinces left, will soon become a have not province. If you get your wish and have a federal Liberal or NDP government elected, this will become a have not country.
commented 2015-10-07 12:53:51 -0400
Well said Eileen. Andrew Stephenson should go look at the history of provincial NDP governments in Canada. I am sure it will prove who is dumb enough. I sure would like to know what a “Real Canadian” is to him also.
commented 2015-10-07 12:19:07 -0400
When someone has fallen (oil prices), you help it back up! You don’t kick it when it is down, like the Nutley NDP are doing in Alberta! Why are we not hearing about the same level of job losses in Newfoundland’s oil industry? Could it be because the province is NOT hitting the industry when it is down?
commented 2015-10-07 11:41:31 -0400
Oh, yeah, this is totally about the NDP, which has been in government for mere months, and not anything to do with the fact that WCS is worth less than it costs to produce.
Sorry, Ezra. Perhaps Rebel readers are dumb enough to be taken in by your misleading hyperbole, but REAL Canadians are smarter than that. The oil collapse long predates the NDP, PC mismanagement of the file was a primary reason they got elected in the first place.
commented 2015-10-07 09:53:20 -0400
Jimmy did you get an email from Ezra and Brian thanking you for your crowdfunding contribution?
commented 2015-10-07 08:21:43 -0400
Yes, it says a lot about the state of the economy in Alberta. The companies that want to survive are hunkering down to core personnel. I note that none of them are following Keynesian principles and trying to expand and deficit spend during the hard (but cheaper to operate in) times. That should be broadcast loud and clear for the federal election – those that drive the economy know that deficit spending doesn’t give a strong economy. Those that are parasitic upon the economy (or think that it can be commanded) will never understand why.
commented 2015-10-07 02:30:12 -0400
Jimmy……take a midol……..:-)
commented 2015-10-07 01:44:08 -0400

I wouldn’t know – I don’t use drugs.
commented 2015-10-07 01:23:49 -0400
I love it when a Liberal tries to make economic sense. Yep Albertans. No need to worry about anything. Dilithium Crystals are the answer. DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUh. I guess they are not kidding about the potency of Pot these days.
commented 2015-10-07 00:48:53 -0400
If JT and his ilk, or Angry Tom and his ilk are the future of Canada, then Canada has no future. Vote Conservative!
commented 2015-10-07 00:44:52 -0400
Hey Ezra, your dream is our dream too. I’m contributing and will continue to do so. Let’s build Ezra’s TV studio!
commented 2015-10-07 00:41:37 -0400
If Rachel Notley and her ilk, or Kathleen Wynne and her ilk are the future of Canada, then Canada has no future.
commented 2015-10-06 23:53:24 -0400
I don’t know why you are complaining so much, don’t you know Alberta has a diverse economy?
commented 2015-10-06 23:52:27 -0400
The Millennium Falcon and the Enterprise are probably not running on oil and gas. The job fair is anticipating the future.
commented 2015-10-06 23:13:21 -0400
All of these socialists and greenies say that they want us to switch to a green sustainable economy, but no one, no journalist seems sharp enough to ask what that economy looks like. It seems the NDP has no plan to replace it with anything, they just want to sit on the side lines and watch this economy rise from the ashes of what’s left of their scorched earth policies.
commented 2015-10-06 22:06:18 -0400
There have not been any temp foreign workers hired at the company I work for. Were we a bit fat in people, maybe we were, but for sure we are not now. Almost 750 jobs lost since the spring that is not including the latest round of staff positions that will be gone by the 30th of November. It is the same with our affiliates worldwide. Job cuts due to the price of oil. In most places it has begun to level out. But in Alberta we have the lack of stability and commitment by Rachel Notley and her imported cronies who want nothing more than to shut down the resource. Jobs that were 7 and 7 have now gone back to 4 & 3 and yes it is tough to commute on that schedule unless maybe you are living within 3 or 4 hours of Ft Mac. Hey Todd big oil does not want cheap labour they want stability, the labour that is where I was working never took a pay cut, overtime has been curtailed but when it costs more to produce than what your return is, as Alberta Bitumen is deeply discounted due to lack of market access, but hey no support for pipelines. This is due to the lack of commitment to the oil industry by this NDP Government.
commented 2015-10-06 22:01:56 -0400
Well said, Warren, well said.
commented 2015-10-06 21:49:29 -0400
OOps……cant edit here? I meant to say below……..Big oil is bringing in mant Temporary Foreign Workers as well. They are actually only offering 4 days on with 3 days off in many jobs up north! No one with a wedding ring can do these hours unless they want to live in Fort McMurry….but who could afford to live there on those wages??? Ezra….do you really know what is going on or not? Big oil wants cheap workers! They don’t want to pay overtime or bonuses….which is the tradition of working out of out town. Why don’t you media guys and gals actually talk to workers for once?
commented 2015-10-06 21:41:10 -0400
Well who Canadians when they can pump in cheaper TFW’s?
commented 2015-10-06 21:35:16 -0400
I bet there were lots of former oil patch workers AT the job fair looking for a career change – next there will be a lot of new pickup trucks and trailers with Alberta plates headed east to Sask.
commented 2015-10-06 21:24:13 -0400
It’s a terribly sad time in Alberta history. As the indoctrinated youth outnumber the apathetic masses who’ve had it too easy too long, we see the rapid decline of opportunity, wealth, our future. Despite the undeniable plethora of information demonstrating the devastation of socialism, our impressionable young future continue to clamour for more socialism. Encroyable. C’est Dommage. Mais a bientot et bonne chance. A once great nation reduced to poverty with the brightest minds fleeing for an opportunity to make good lives…how will Canada be remembered when it, like Greece today, is forced to its knees with austerity measures and forced to plead for bread to feed the starving? Perhaps as a nation more inclined to demand government handouts vice a nation of proud, hard working, self sufficient pioneers. My grandparents would be ashamed. I know my parents are. I know I am.
Work, contribute, offer aid, improve, build and make this the best nation. Stop whining for more benefits and try to contribute for those who NEED help.
commented 2015-10-06 19:31:10 -0400
Hey Ezra, I have been watching that plant grow on the brick, but now you are cutting it off.