March 03, 2016

Alberta’s job creation program fails — Only NDP didn’t see THAT coming

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

The NDP job creation plan is a complete and utter failure.

The NDP’s first budget released in October of last year was full of debt, deficit spending and public sector gluttony. In the midst of that mess, the NDP touted a job creation incentive grant.

The incentive was supposed to be a 2 year, $178 million program that gave a $5,000 grant to any business, charity or non-profit organization that creates a new full time job over the next 2 years. Finance Minister Joe Ceci claimed the program could create up to 27,000 jobs per year.

At the time Wildrose Leader Brian Jean called the program a laughing stock and said “no one believes it will create one single job.”

I spoke to Amber Ruddy, the Alberta Director of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business back on budget day. Amber was concerned that programs like this one would result in too much red tape for small businesses. She felt a tax reduction would be a better way to stimulate job creation.

As it turns out Brian Jean is some sort of oracle or maybe even a wizard. Or maybe Jean just understands the business community better than a former social worker like Joe Ceci. Not a single job has been created by this program and it was supposed to be up and running by January 1, 2016. Here we are in March and the job creation grant program is nowhere near functional. Not one business has even applied. Amber Ruddy was right, too. In fact she was more right than she knew at the time. There is so much red tape in this program that the Government itself can’t navigate through it all.

Instead of working on a program the NDP told us would create 27,000 jobs, Jobs Minister at the time Lori Sigurdson went to work bullying farmers all winter with Bill 6. She missed her own timeline for the implementation of this program.

Actual job creation is low on the list of priorities of the NDP.

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commented 2016-03-05 16:09:19 -0500
Darcy Hoefling said, "I don’t like the NDP either, but they cannot be blamed for a worldwide economic slowdown. The Oil war had begun far earlier than NDP rule. And if anybody has a clue, Alberta Bitumen ranks quite low on the crude oil scale. "

Darcy, do you actually believe what you said?

1) Why is the oil and gas sector in the USA booming? Is the world price on oil different for them as it is for Alberta?

2) Why have the oil companies that have taken their projects out of Alberta invested that money in oil in other jurisdictions, even Saskatchewan. The companies that have pulled out their projects from Alberta not only are investing it elsewhere, but stated in their press releases that they are leaving because of the NDP and the uncertainty of their policies.

3) Why was Ralph Klein able to not only bring Alberta back into the black but leave a legacy of two surpluses (Alberta Heritage Trust Fund and the Sustainability Fund) when the price of oil during Ralph Klein’s time in office as the PM averaged $36.00 per barrel (converted to today’s dollars). Check it out as I know I am right on this. If Ralph can reverse the downward trends at the same oil rate as today, then why is the NDP not able to at least keep the province’s “head above water”.

Look Darcy, you can make all the apologies you want for the NDP you claim to hate, but the oil industry in Alberta is suffering far more than it has to because of the NDP.

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I posted this before, but I will post it again.

For those of you who continually keep saying that it is only the price of oil that is causing this economic melt down, then here are some actual facts, real data, that prove otherwise.

Ralph Klein not only pull Alberta out of debt and left us in the black, but he left two government accounts, the Heritage Trust Fund and the Sustainability Fund totaling about 13 Billion. But he also did this all the while the price of oil per barrel averaged $34.76 (converted to todays’ dollar value) and even unemployment rate went down during his tenure.

If Ralph can do it, then it proves the NDP are the largest contributing factor to the Alberta economic meltdown.

Oil prices in relation to Premier of Alberta:
Ralph Klein (1993 – 2006)
Oil Price is adjusted for today’s dollar value

Year | Price_ | Unemployment
1993 | $27.39 | %11.36
1994 | $24.94 | %10.74
1995 | $25.96 | %9.77
1996 | $30.78 | %9.21
1997 | $27.43 | %8.42
1998 | $17.26 | %7.89
1999 | $23.42 | %8.68
2000 | $37.54 | %7.79
2001 | $30.68 | %7.03
2002 | $29.92 | %8.02
2003 | $35.55 | %7.25
2004 | $47.04 | %6.5
2005 | $60.44 | %5.6
2006 | $68.27 | %5.06

Average $34.76/barrel (todays’ dollar)
commented 2016-03-05 12:05:51 -0500
DARCY HOEFLING commented 1 day ago
So all you armchair critics out there like to bash the NDP……
I don’t like them either.

But since you are all so smart, what do you propose Notley do?

Reverse all of her anti-business policies and then go quietly into this good night.
Alberta would rebound in record time.
commented 2016-03-04 13:02:43 -0500
Not surprised to see these pissy-assed half efforts of the Dips failing to stimulate the non petro-based economy – gotta suggestion for you Sheila -

Taber now has a beautiful world class shooting complex facility which was a private-local council development effort – it is bringing some major dollars into the local economy (competitive shooting sports are domestically and internationally popular despite what the disingenuous left may say). Why not make this a tourism initiative in other regions of the province which don’t have the benefit of Banff/Jasper selfie tourism – weekend tourism for regular folks doing traditional competitive sports – trap, skeet, long range, silhouettes, cowboy action shoots, IPSC, practical long range and Olympic rimfire events. All done from local council levels – forget Edmonton, that is an economic/intellectual sink hole for the next 4 years – get the local councils into the game.

Check it out:
commented 2016-03-04 12:34:01 -0500
Sorry …at any time …not sure what ant time is ..but I have a lot of free time maybe I can come up with something
commented 2016-03-04 12:25:12 -0500
Darcy you don`t have to be smart to know the way the provincial government can help is by standing up for the people and businesses that made it the wealthiest province by far. We have many smart business minds in Alberta , these are the same people who helped turned the last slowdown around in a short period of time . Give them the belief that government has their back , give them incentives to invest in slow times and they will do it again . The last thing they want is to have to turn away all their employees they have invested their wealth into ,give them any possible reason to keep them and they will simply because some day this will turn around and having the experienced work force ready to pick up and run will pay them back tenfold . When this does end the scramble for people who know how to work in this field will cause many further headaches and will come with a heavy price tag. After each slow down their are fewer qualified workers this will be a major hurdle one I know the company I work for is trying everything possible to avoid. This NDP government gives no one the feeling they are trying to help in any way possible . Offering 5000.00 to a business ?? what`s that going to do . I know of individuals who have gotten bigger signing bonus`s than that to take their expertize to rival companies and those certainly are not the high end office folk`s …just common field workers . It`s stupid idea`s like that that have no value in this province at ant time. Idea`s like that and the talk of making E I easier to get just go to show how out of touch our federal & provincial governments are with Alberta. The cost of living here and owning a home here makes it virtually impossible to accept employment insurance as a way to get by . Here EI is a last resort and trying to survive on it will usually end badly , and before anybody starts in on why the young folk`s bought houses they are struggling to pay for now just understand in busy times if your renting you are likely paying a mortgage and a half . It`s called supply and demand ! You can easily pay 1300.00 to 1500.00 per month to rent a 4 plex in a small town let alone trying to survive in the Oil field cities like Fort Mac, Grande prairie, Red Deer or even Med Hat. Sorry for the rant but if your not from here you wouldn’t have any idea how much it cost`s to survive here .
commented 2016-03-04 12:11:42 -0500
@darcy. Since you are writing in parables, I’ll respond with one. Imagine you are fighting in a war, and you get shot in the leg. Very painful. You can’t run anymore, and could eventually die, so then you’re brought into a medical center to be patched up. But instead of helping you, the doc just pokes and prods their finger deeper into the wound, causing more pain and not helping in the healing process.
The ndp’s policies and taxes they are putting into place are just like the doctor. If you were a small or large oil company, would you want to invest here? Knowing you have to pay more in taxes, and your production will be capped by the government? Notley needs to step down. Their whole government doesn’t know what they’re doing.
And I’m laughing at your armchair critics comment…as I sit here in my armchair writing this. (I am an Albertan, who is luckily going to work here in a bit) I think The Rebel should post the government contact info that they are doing the story on, to help people know how to make their voices heard, hopefully better. Not everyone takes the time to look into the contact info. The government says they’re listening, but to who? Let’s be louder than the NDP ‘brown nosers’. I’ve written in, but I should, and could do more. Thanks for the encouragement. And I’m glad you don’t like the NDP
commented 2016-03-04 11:00:33 -0500
Darcy Hoffilng no you can’t blame NDP for the world wide slowdown but you can blame them for policies that make it worse. Saskatewan, Texas all doing much better under this slowdown. You don’t increase taxes etc on the oil industry corporations unless you have a death wish.
commented 2016-03-04 10:27:30 -0500
Joe – I agree, Notely needs to resign!
commented 2016-03-04 10:11:20 -0500
Darcy Hoefling – Resign.
commented 2016-03-04 09:54:45 -0500
So all you armchair critics out there like to bash the NDP……
I don’t like them either.

But since you are all so smart, what do you propose Notley do?
commented 2016-03-04 09:53:12 -0500
C’mon Pete,
You know as well as I do that the PCs were no different. They kept the sheets warm for the Oil and Energy Sector corporations. It is how government works. Pay homage to those that lobby the best ($$$$).
I don’t like the NDP either, but they cannot be blamed for a worldwide economic slowdown. The Oil war had begun far earlier than NDP rule. And if anybody has a clue, Alberta Bitumen ranks quite low on the crude oil scale.
Expecting the NDP to carry this “one trick pony” through this world-wide downturn is akin to expecting a 2 year old to build the Taj Mahal with a deck of cards.
commented 2016-03-04 09:39:38 -0500
When it’s pushing 200,000 unemployed in Alberta, what business is going to want to create even one single job, even if it is an insufficiently subsidized one?

Keep the big ideas coming, Notley. The screw ups are awesome.
commented 2016-03-04 08:25:49 -0500
BRAVO ZULU Lay in the corner like a whipped puppy. The NDP is completly incompetent
commented 2016-03-04 01:16:45 -0500
Keep up the great videos Sheila, I watch them everyday for the truth about our NDP government
commented 2016-03-04 00:27:32 -0500
Ralph was the best damn premier we ever had, missing him now more than ever.
commented 2016-03-03 20:58:15 -0500
Speaking of bulls and teats. I remember seeing one kids animated show where there were talking bulls and cows. The bulls had udders as well. I could not stop laughing the whole movie. I wish I could remember the name of it now.
commented 2016-03-03 20:54:32 -0500
Liza Rosie said, “Joe Ceci is as useless as teats on a bull.”

Knowing Joe Ceci’s familiarity with farming, that being none whatsoever, he would probably try to milk the bull. Hmmmmm… sounds like a good photo op if he did, the bull would kick him into next week.
commented 2016-03-03 20:51:15 -0500
Canadian Mongrel said, “Constitutionally she has until 2020, do you think she is not going to go the maximum?”

Oh, you mean going to a full five years instead of the usual four? Yes, some of my friends mentioned that could be a possibility. I have to say that my friends and you are probably correct. Knowing she will never take another term for the rest of time and eternity she will probably push her one-and-only term for as long as she can.
commented 2016-03-03 20:12:48 -0500
Are they ever going to look around and notice that everyone has left the province?
Joe Ceci is as useless as teats on a bull.
commented 2016-03-03 19:44:54 -0500
Even RALPH —-just the way he is right now would do a better job.
I mean that in a good way!
commented 2016-03-03 19:44:28 -0500
I am waiting for Alberta to stand up and tell Ottawa they will not send any money there.

No transfer payments.

The bank is empty.

Any chance the NDP will stand up and growl – or are they going to lay in the corner like a whipped puppy.
commented 2016-03-03 19:33:58 -0500
“According to a study done in 1992 (and updated in 2005) by University of Calgary economists Ronald Schlenker and Robert Mansell, between 1961 and 2002 this province’s citizens paid more than $243 billion in federal taxes over and above the amount they received in the form of federal programming and services. Let me reiterate: That’s not total taxes paid, but merely the surplus this province’s taxpayers have bequeathed on the rest of the country, one that’s equivalent to $105,405 per capita.” I have read that the number since 1950 is about 250 Billion.
commented 2016-03-03 19:14:23 -0500
Peter and Sandra,

No. Constitutionally she has until 2020, do you think she is not going to go the maximum? Don’t equate fixed term legislation, which has proven to be ignorable through early calls, with constitutional limitations.

The Non-Democratic Party will go for the constitutional maximum.
commented 2016-03-03 19:05:08 -0500
Deborah said, “and [Ralph] wasn’t afraid to answer questions.”

And he actually answered them plain and clear. He did not do the usual politician double speak dance that most do.
commented 2016-03-03 18:58:16 -0500
Mike – I read somewhere that Alberta has contributed around 500 billion to equalization payments, since this system was put in place.
commented 2016-03-03 18:55:29 -0500
Ralph Klein cared about Martha and Henry, the average citizens. He engaged the public, and wasn’t afraid to answer questions. Compare his style with Rachel and the NDP, and she and they are hostile towards the public. That says that they are going to do whatever they wish to, and they want to keep the public at bay, and in the dark. Rachel should call another election, and run on the changes that she is trying to make, that will permanently damage our economy, and way of life. That would be the right thing to do, but people change once they are bitten by the power and envy bug.
commented 2016-03-03 18:52:30 -0500
From that article Mike Piesse referenced …
“No other province — including Ontario, with three times Alberta’s population — even comes close to matching this province’s contribution to the federation.”

And yet Alberta by-and-large gets nothing but shit, anger and insults from Eastern Canada (and some from BC too). To say that this angers me to the extreme is to be polite.
commented 2016-03-03 18:50:43 -0500
Just think for a moment what 200bln $$ – spent into Alberta’s own development – hell we could have become our own country!!
commented 2016-03-03 18:42:55 -0500
I was reading an article from the Edmonton Journal that stated Alberta has paid 200 billion in equalization since 2000 …. this makes me wonder about 2 things ….when should we expect to have some of that coming back our way? ..what the heck is the rest of Canada going to do when the next round of payments is due? We have a whole year of job un-creation to look forward to before then .
commented 2016-03-03 18:41:02 -0500
The stupid NDP have done everything can to destroy jobs. No economy has ever survived an NDP government and Alberta will be no different.