December 05, 2015

Alberta’s Energy Minister tells unemployed: “Go work in BC until it gets better”

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

Are you out of work in Alberta? You might be.

Alberta has 100,000 people unemployed and we are leading the country in new employment insurance claims. And the Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd has the solution to all of this. Just go to BC.

No really. She said that.

McCuaig-Boyd was addressing a full room during a meeting of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Land Administration in Calgary. When asked about unemployment and job losses in the energy sector Marg had all the answers.

She said "Certainly there are always talks about mobility of jobs between provinces so maybe they can go work in BC until it gets better and come back home, there’s things like that, that’s always been kind of ongoing but I think the training part is really important and that’s one we’re pushing.”

So the solution to the made in Alberta recession is to off-load the Alberta NDP problems onto BC? Instead of putting the breaks on the NDP carbon tax and the royalty review, or rolling back corporate tax rates or leaving the minimum wage alone, the NDP are putting their mess in Christy Clark's backyard.

BC residents didn’t vote NDP and they shouldn’t have to clean up their mess.


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commented 2015-12-07 15:45:23 -0500
She is not crazy she is corrupt. This has been a socialist game plan for years and while we worked and built wealth they took welfare and government jobs and plotted. Its time to fight for our lives before the shackles are placed we cannot wait another generation
commented 2015-12-07 12:01:41 -0500
She needs to be stopped at all costs. She is crazy and those who fall this failed ideology should go to prison for being traitors, right a long with Rachel the commie!
commented 2015-12-07 11:22:58 -0500
BREAKING NEWS: nutley is pushing this insane bill 6 so hard because SHE WANTS TO TAKE FARMERS AND RANCHERS LAND RIGHTS AWAY FROM THEM SO SHE can PUT THESE BIRD KILLERS MONSTROSITIES WINDMILLS WHEREVER SHE WANTS ON FARM LAND AND LAND OWNERS WILL HAVE NO SAY AND WON’T BE ABLE TO REFUSE EITHER. THIS COMES A GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE WHO WAS CORNERED IN OKOTOKS ON FRIDAY. She also has been making deals with large windmill companies from the US to put these scammed windmills that don’t work all over Alberta. This was all done when all these environmental companies were in Paris, man is she evil.,,!
commented 2015-12-07 10:22:06 -0500
Unemployment statistics will not show all of the contractors and truck drivers who work 1 or 2 days a week that don’t get uic those guys just take a huge pay cut and no benefits from the “social safety net”. So andrews job numbers are wrong if you know the people who actually work in the industry
commented 2015-12-07 09:18:46 -0500
Scott Allen – the NDP and those tall tale spinners, the MSM, will be sure to block any news that makes the NDP look like the crooks and liars that they really are!
commented 2015-12-07 09:16:19 -0500
“Andrew, you’re lying. 7% over the last year is not a decrease "

I said “in the last labour force survey”, which is accurate. Unemployment is up year over year, but most of that was in early 2015.

@peter, yes, I’ll eat my words if I am wrong. I predict unemployment will peak in March 2016, hold approximately level for six months, then begin a slow decline as non-energy sectors pick up the slack, a lot of Alberta’s broader industrial sectors were kneecapped by labour shortages. As expectations come back to earth – no, semiskilled labour is not inherently worth six figures, even if scarcity temporarily pushed it up there – the economy will pick up. Particularly if oil stabilizes – a lot of what we’re seeing is producers anticipating further drops, once that threat passes the layoffs will abate.
commented 2015-12-07 01:46:57 -0500
The small town of rycroft in northern alberta just seen the closure of northern mat and bridge plant. 28 albertans lost there jobs friday plus a lot of truckers won’t be hauling those mats this winter.mcgag boyds riding do you think she cares about 30 families at christmas in her riding.28 jobs in a town of less than 1000 people this is the devastation statistics won’t show
commented 2015-12-06 23:28:50 -0500
I’d also like to add that as time goes on it becomes easier to showcase the incredibly stupidity of the left as they appear to become more radical and less intelligent as time progresses. Next election cycle in Alberta – assuming the province survives the next few years – will show the emperor for what he is: very unattractive without his robes….
commented 2015-12-06 23:25:12 -0500
I have a friend in Alberta with a medium sized business. He has quite a number of staff and he encouraged them to vote in the provincial election (but never told them who to vote for). At raise time he had to pull them all aside and let them know there would be no raises this year due to the corporate tax hikes. One young man was incredulous and asked him how much he was going to receive as a raise if the NDP had’t gotten in. He responded – percentage wise about the same as my corporate taxes just went up. The young man then stated “I did’t think they’d do this to us when I voted for them.”

Perhaps a requirement for voting in the future should be an ability to do basic math?

Just a thought.
commented 2015-12-06 22:04:57 -0500
Andrew you are full of it as usual, and of course you will make more excuses when things do not get better.
commented 2015-12-06 21:55:31 -0500
Andrew, you’re lying. 7% over the last year is not a decrease
commented 2015-12-06 20:37:22 -0500
Andrew Stephenson said, “Alberta will be fine. The worst is already over, the worst month for layoffs was January 2015 and it’s been declining since.”

Are you willing to eat your words in an apology here if you are wrong?
commented 2015-12-06 18:25:29 -0500
BC has enough of its own fuckin problems, i don’t think they want ours on top of it. lets face it the NDP has 1 agenda and that is to turn Alberta into a desolate wasteland with an economy even worse than what we see in war torn third world African nations. this is a government that needs to be kicked out and nailed for high treason. if we don’t kick these bastards out now we are going to look like the post apocalyptic world we see on that show the walking dead.
commented 2015-12-06 18:02:11 -0500
Bruce Kirk, My numbers came from Statistics Canada.

You’re more than welcome to submit your own source, but remember, the plural of anecdote is not “data”.
commented 2015-12-06 16:59:21 -0500
hey andrew stephenson, lay off the cbc news and the union newsletters, they are lying. The downtown core of Calgary is quickly becoming a ghost town, and Saskatchewan has had a net INCREASE, mostly from Alberta, for the last year and a half
commented 2015-12-06 16:49:55 -0500
Double digit unemployment, based on what, exactly? Edmonton’s unemployment actually decreased in the latest labour force survey, Calgary’s is still increasing but the rate it’s increasing has dropped sharply since the spring. If you look at current trends. Both cities are still below the national average.
commented 2015-12-06 16:23:34 -0500
The worst is still coming! There will be thousands of more layoffs here, and double digit unemployment is coming too. Hopefully interest rates will remain low, though once these crooks start reaping the rewards of bad governance, we will see interest rates move to cover for the massive debt that they are going to stick Albertans with. Moody’s has already given the NDP notice. Just look at Notley’s cousin Wynnie in ON, she is dancing to cover all that debt she wracked up, and she thinks the federal government will bankroll her now.
commented 2015-12-06 16:12:03 -0500
Re: Saskatchewan,

If you look at the numbers, people are still net-migrating from Saskatchewan TO Alberta, almost in a 3:2 ratio (9700 SK to AB, 6500 AB to SK). Saskatchewan has had net-negative (losing people) interprovincial migration for a couple of years

Slightly more people move AB to BC than BC to AB, but that’s as much a demographic issue as anything else; people have long moved out of the prairie provinces to BC to retire. With a surge in retirements and few young workers replacing them, this was inevitable with or without a recession.

Alberta will be fine. The worst is already over, the worst month for layoffs was January 2015 and it’s been declining since.
commented 2015-12-06 15:28:45 -0500
I don’t think we should give them notice, I think the crowds should keep showing up at random, everyday, all day! Thank God the weather has been fantastic, though the communists are likely praying for sever weather, so that they can continue to make those special backroom deals, instead of governing for the people out in the open, where the voters can witness what these crooks are really up to. Only cowards and liars attempt to hide their actions from those who pay their salaries. It’s too bad they don’t realize that most of the electorate in AB are far more intelligent than they are! That’s why their will continue to be a push back on these communist clowns. Heave Ho, Rachel and her babies have to go!
commented 2015-12-06 13:08:50 -0500
Lets change Monday to Rallyday in Edmonton. If we make it a regular occurance to meet at the legislature every Rallyday, the attendance will grow. Hopefully we can push the NDPigs to BC then into the ocean.
commented 2015-12-06 12:48:59 -0500
In 3 and a half years Marg will be looking for a job in BC because there will be a bounty on the heads of all the NDP who ruined our province. WANTED all former NDP MLAs! $10,000 REWARD for each head (Dead or Alive)! Welcome to the new wild west, bitch!
commented 2015-12-06 11:16:49 -0500
Addendum: What is really scary is that Marg is considered one of the NDP caucus’ brightest, experienced and better educated members; hence her portfolio. Can you imagine how low information, low intelligent, poorly educated the others are when this is the best she can do for her portfolio and constituents???
commented 2015-12-06 11:13:24 -0500
@ Donald Allan

You used the word “misfits” to describe the Alberta NDP. You are so very polite! That’s a good thing, but I am well beyond polite with Nutley and her wrecking crew, but I should not use the word(s) I want to use to describe this NDP government … in a comment posted here. I have some choice words for the people who voted for them as well, also words I should not type.
commented 2015-12-06 11:10:42 -0500
I think Marg’s comment was offensive because she did not acknowledge that Saskatchewan also has a vibrant economy. What’s wrong with sending Alberta workers to Saskatchewan as well as to B.C.? She clearly is a bigot against Saskatchewan by ignoring that province while giving advice to the 30,000+ Alberta refugees.
commented 2015-12-06 11:05:36 -0500
To all you Albertan refugees in cowboy boots being forced into BC by the fascist NDP and their communist agenda, first off, WELCOME. Muslim terrorists are NOT welcome here, but you all are.
Even though the interior of BC – God’s country – is being decimated by ‘the government’ and the Soros funded, tree-huggin’ idiots and their delusional BS and other rhetoric – there’s not much in the way of work here – but absolutely stay away from the Fraser Valley (Vancouver). It’s chalk-full of lefty/liberal/progressive/socialists and degenerates and all the weirdos that live in BC live there.
Better you should stay in Alberta and fight the good fight. Send that pinko harpy Notley and the rest of that diseased circus straight to hell…
commented 2015-12-06 11:00:12 -0500
@ john servedio commented 3 hours ago
can I suggest the Maritime Provinces? Oh wait a lot of Alberta plates found their way back here too…

There is a move afoot to never hire from the east coast again – Albertans screwed up on the provincial side and they will sort it out.

They will never forgive the east for doing what they did on a federal basis.

Layoffs to come will centre on those from the east first.

And in my opinion – rightly so.
commented 2015-12-06 10:04:31 -0500
Her ignorance is as plain as that empty look on her stupid face! You would think that we pay her enough that she could dress appropriately for her position as a paid liar!
commented 2015-12-06 09:41:27 -0500
Her comment is just an updated version of the famous “let them eat cake” comment attributed to Marie Antoinette , who lost her head figuratively by making the comment and then literally lost her head afterwords. And speaking of losing one’s head , is that not what the Alberta voters did by electing these misfits to a majority government?
commented 2015-12-06 08:37:44 -0500
This is the elected trash that some in AB thought would be a good replacement. I know some young professionals that thought they knew it all and voted for these economy killers, and that idiot Trudeau. They are still fairly protected from the fall out, but they will feel it too eventually. The NDP are a bunch of zeroes, without the brains to be able to put two and two together. I hope that any votes in the legislature, that those NDP members are mysteriously delayed in traffic, or maybe a protest mob, so they miss the vote.
commented 2015-12-06 08:28:31 -0500
who is her POS chief-of-staff?