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.