September 29, 2015

Alberta: Media ignores loss of 1000+ oil and gas jobs each week under NDP

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Unemployment continues to rise in Alberta. On average, about 1000 jobs per week in oil and gas and related industries are being lost.

You may recall the endless coverage the media gave to the Caterpillar plant closing in London, Ontario.

That was the right call by the media, since the closing affected the lives of many people.

But isn't it interesting that what has been happening to individuals in Alberta, doesn't merit the same attention?

Perhaps it has something to do with the media not wanting to destroy the narrative about an NDP win being a positive for working people.

But then again, if Alberta's own leaders like Notley and Nenshi don't care about these personal tragedies, why should the national media?

Alberta’s NDP just gave their unionized government workers a 7.25% raise!
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commented 2016-09-29 10:41:40 -0400
Peter Fullerton – You have no idea what you are talking about. Yes, boom and bust exists in any commodity pricing but do you have any clue how long it takes or whether it is even possible to diversify your whole provincial economy away from one particular plentiful resource that involves billions in dollars in infrastructure and permeates the whole economy? It is not an overnight nor even a decade long exercise and then it is impossible to know if it even would succeed!!! Take a look at the Maritimes and the fisheries. What have they accomplished since that went to hell? Notley and her band of idiot socialists have made this bust cycle so much worse by raising corporate taxes, questioning royalty rates and introducing carbon taxes in the midst of the worse downturn in oil prices, possibly in modern history. It is complete ineptitude.
commented 2015-10-03 17:45:30 -0400
Liza – I was actually trying to say Paul Martin was the only truly conservative PM _ Im sure I minced my words somewhere. Mulroney was pretty progressive.
commented 2015-10-03 17:43:38 -0400
In the end, the Mulroner showed his true colours and used his position to help him in his post PM years. It was his behaviour at the end of his government that ultimately led to the demise of the conservatives under Kim Campbell who got caught in the cross fire. In the end we were better for it because that great Conservative PM Paul Martin came to power (well Jean Chretien and they were libs but you know what I mean).
The Mulroner was elected with 0ver 50% of the popular vote – the last PM to do so. People like him in 1984.
commented 2015-10-02 19:35:08 -0400
It’s the boom and bust cycle again, right now it’s bust. The oil and gas sector was way over built and now it’s correction time. Too bad the former provincial government didn’t do more to diversify Alberta’s economy during the last three decades …
commented 2015-10-02 19:18:24 -0400
I have to agree Jamie, and also DISagree with Jason R’s (sorry Jason, no offense) picks for “only truly conservative PM”.
Brian Mulroney, was full of blarney. They didn’t call him ’ lyin Brian’ for nothing.
commented 2015-10-02 11:59:55 -0400
Jamie – Consider that significant recession that he worked through in the early 90s. Arguably worse than the one just weathered by Harps. he was no deficit slayer for sure and I have already stated my admiration for the only truly conservative PM we have had – Jean Chretien (well really Paul Martin). Having said that, we can look back at NAFTA, Meech Lake Accord – I can go on. He also had the difficulty of dealing with a hostile senate that try to imped his progress at every turn. He wasnt perfect but certainly was a conciliator and had broad appeal across party lines. Harps is too polarizing for my taste. He is touting financial prudence because he finally balanced the budget (are the books cooked) yet he has increased the deficit by $150 billion during his 9 years. He still hasn’t dealt with Submarines (I have friends in the military – huge problem), Ship replacement, and fighter jets (F-35 is bs). He touts the importance of made in Canada solutions but is prepared to replace old ships with scuttled ones from the US military. Not sure of the planning here, but protecting our natural resources in the Arctic is critical and the tools are not being put into play to help with that mandate.
commented 2015-10-02 10:02:18 -0400
“…Mulroney (whom I voted for)…”
What I liked about the PC party was the centre – right stance on economic issues (small government, reduced taxes, free trade)
Mulroney increased the public debt by 68 percent – did you consider that the “right stance” on economic issues?
commented 2015-10-01 19:32:12 -0400
What were the citizens of Alberta thinking? Seriously, was this a collective exercise in masochism.
commented 2015-10-01 18:53:03 -0400
Peter – I will not vote for Harper. And that’s a challenge because gary Goodyear is my MP and has done and excellent job. He is likeable as well and I believe he is going to win the riding – but not with my vote. Having said that, I live in a riding that has gone Conservative since 2004. Prior to that we had a three term liberal and prior to that 20 years as conservatives. Very tough to unset and incumbent in Cambridge.
commented 2015-10-01 18:18:10 -0400
The pension plans around the world are going broke, and like Michael Campbell said, they’ll be shooting the politicians in the streets. When the justice comes to the left for what they’ve done to the global economy it will be swift and just.
commented 2015-10-01 17:13:48 -0400
so why noty blame pc jobs losses?
commented 2015-10-01 13:07:32 -0400
Jamie, have you heard of the Albertans Against the NDP movement? Right now it’s mostly made up of oil and gas workers that are out of a job, but it is gaining traction and like all protest movements it has to start small, so stay tuned it’s getting bigger with every job that is lost despite the lack of MSM coverage.
commented 2015-10-01 12:22:04 -0400
Well, to be fair to the Notley Crew (an admittedly hard thing o do), they are hardly responsible for the low price of oil or the lay-offs and shut-downs it as caused. However, we do know by their silly green philosophy and anti-oilsands rhetoric that they won’t be working very hard for any kind of a recovery.

But I’m not so sure the oil companies themselves are much different. They sucked up to Notley when she was elected, and other than this weak expression of concern that follows, I haven’t heard anything in the way of public protest – let alone ideas about how to get things going.
commented 2015-10-01 09:26:53 -0400
As for Mulcair’s comment about not a mile of pipeline being built, I saw a pipeline being built on my way home last week, yes a sighting. Is that guy completely clueless or what?
commented 2015-10-01 02:37:38 -0400
What we know is that global oil prices totally screwed Canadian (Alberta) oil. We likely would be hemmoraging jobs with or without Notley. Do I think she is dumb? No… Probably not. She should have released a budget by now so businesses can make actual projections, she should not have given anyone a raise and she should know that Mulcair is coming in 3rd.

The best thing about this federal election is that a whole bunch of people are able to make their opinions known and it is creating a strong conversation (when we aren’t distracted by shiny object issues) and intelligent debate. Countries are at their best when smart people disagree on things. This comment section has been wonderfully respectful
commented 2015-09-30 21:56:02 -0400
I don’t disagree with Harper on anything Jimmy. Any government could always lose more dead weight, and no one seems to be making much headway shrinking the bureaucracy.
commented 2015-09-30 21:13:35 -0400
Jason R, so you don’t like Harper, but does that mean you will not vote for the Conservatives because it means voting for Harper?
commented 2015-09-30 21:04:36 -0400

What would you say are the biggest issues that you disagree with Harper on?
commented 2015-09-30 20:54:10 -0400
That is a very interesting reply Jason. I can’t say I agree with too much of it aside from the need for smaller government. Harper isn’t right of centre enough for me on many issues as it is.
I suspect you will have a difficult time deciding on Oct. 19, not too many choices there for you.
Left, more left or right.
commented 2015-09-30 20:36:01 -0400
No, with Harper re elected there will be controls on immigration and ‘Hajrah’, Jihad by Immigration, will be stopped. Remember, Harper has not been in bed with Islam, he owes them nothing. Trudeau and Mulcair are in debt to all Muslims and either one will open the floodgates.
commented 2015-09-30 20:15:19 -0400

Thanks for the dose of fear mongering for the day.

Even if Harper wins the election – eventually NDP or Liberal will control Canada, so by your way of thinking – it’s just better off if we all kill ourselves and avoid the inevitability of Canada’s destruction.
commented 2015-09-30 20:11:55 -0400

What “more” are you referring to exactly?
commented 2015-09-30 19:29:54 -0400
To be fair Ezra, the Socialist Media has more important things to do. Like fawn over Trudope, protect lefty politicians and spread lies about PMSH and the Conservatives….like fake refugee stories blaming PMSH! (sarcasm intended)
commented 2015-09-30 19:27:33 -0400
Liza – small c conservative was a term coined in the 1990s – a time when the progressive conservatives under Mulroney (whom I voted for) were Right of Centre and the Reform party was further to the right (under Preston Manning – whom I liked). then they became CRAP – Canadian Reform Alliance Party and realized that name didn’t really work well, elected Stockwell Day who was really more of a car salesman than politician and finally merged with the PCs to become the conservatives but have shifted farther to the right. I have voted conservative most often, and Liberal often – never missed and election and alway exercised my democratic obligation to vote. I spoiled my ballot once when the Liberals dropped that wierdo Ignatieff in to take a kick at the can.
What I liked about the PC party was the centre – right stance on economic issues (small government, reduced taxes, free trade) and their Centrist position on social issues. The current conservatives are neither of those and certainly have made no effort to shrink government, reduce taxes (they did cut the HST – I will give them that) and have a failed social policy.
The party is also being run out of the PMO effectively negating the true responsibilities of a parliamentary government. I find Harps to be autocratic, humourless, and his miss handling of the G20 Summit is an insult to all Canadians. I don’t trust the man and feel the party would be better served by a change in leadership. I quite like John Baird – but thereare other great progressive conservatives still within the party.
I was a supporter or Tim Hudak provincially and also campaigned hard for John Tory (when he ran provincially) – he has proven himself to be a mayor who exemplifies what the PC party stood for.
Liza, I’m not sure where I fit but Harps just doesn`t work for me.
commented 2015-09-30 18:37:25 -0400
You are not going to revert back to your, lower case ‘s’ in socialism thing, are you, I am referring to Socialism, with an upper case ‘S’, that is Communism without the guns.

If I help an Old Lady across the street, I am being social, this dose not make me a Socialist. Socialism is a dogma that tells people what to say and what to think. It is also very good at bringing Countries down to their knees.

Your spin will not work, with me.
commented 2015-09-30 18:28:30 -0400
Jason how can you be a small c conservative and disagree with literally everything Harper says? Will you vote for him? What do you agree with, anything Harper stands for?

I don’t enjoy interacting with you either, but since you call yourself a small c conservative I must ask. I am sure you having declared that makes people wonder. This definition says, a small c conservative is someone who is conservative in outlook but does not necessarily vote for or support a Conservative party".
You don’t really even fit that bill.

I don’t challenge your right to be here, just Brinkman’s, because he is a spammer.
commented 2015-09-30 18:27:12 -0400
Jimbot, you don’t know what a socialist country is. This is a country with a safety net for those who really need it, when its not abused it works quite well. People are getting spoiled though, and think they deserve more for nothing. Canada will end up a socialist country in no time flat if Trudeau gets in. I know you think you would like that.