December 09, 2015

Suicides surge in Alberta: The high societal cost of NDP’s destructive economic policies

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

There is a high social cost to bad economic policy.

Families and communities across the province are struggling through some of the worst times Alberta has seen in a generation.

There has been a doubling in EI claims and estimates say there are 100,000 people out of work.

Food bank usage has spiked all across the province. Some places like Fort McMurray are especially hard hit, seeing a 75% uptick in food bank demand. Homeless shelters, like Inn from the Cold in Calgary have seen a 130% increase in need for their services since the same time last year.

Property crime is up by 18% in Edmonton and violent crime is up 12% since last year.

And now there's a sudden surge in suicides in Alberta, jumping more than 30% in just the first half of the year. Statistics say that those suicide numbers often increase around the Holidays.

It's gotten so bad that the Wildrose Party called for an emergency debate in the legislature on the societal cost of the economy.

Let's see what the Notley government is doing to mitigate these horrible problems in Alberta. They're making everything that we grow or move cost more with a carbon tax - basically a PST on everything struggling Albertans buy. They're making food cost more by piling union style labor costs onto farming operations with Bill 6, they're scaring off oil and gas investment with a risky and unnecessary royalty review. They're making it harder for businesses to create jobs through a raise in the minimum wage.

They're stifling business growth with a raise in corporate income tax.

The NDP are doing nothing to mitigate what's happening in Alberta. In fact, it looks like they're doing everything they can to make the societal problems in Alberta worse. But that’s really what they want. Isn't it?

If the NDP have to collapse it all just to build it back up their way, well that’s just the cost of building their socialist utopia.

Alberta families are just collateral damage, a sacrifice on the altar of Al Gore and government control.


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commented 2016-02-04 20:02:11 -0500
This is a direct result of the conservative goverment basing the entire economy on oil extraction, you want to point blame, it’s not the new goverment who set this economy up for disaster, it was the conservatives who were in power bringing this to it’s boiling point.
commented 2015-12-15 09:45:52 -0500
“The NDP are doing nothing to mitigate what’s happening in Alberta” Nothing ? What kind of journalist is this. Protecting farm workers like the 9 other province show the negligence of capitalist run a muck with disregard for the safety of others.
Exxon is being investigation for lying to investors, workers, politicians and citizens about the the threats posed by causing extensive damage to our environment. You know the system that controls the amount of rain and snow that forests and ecosystems need to survive. The system that caused major forest fires to rage across AB SK NWT CA this year. It looks like some of the socio ecopaths that used to work at SNN have set up shop calling them selves rebels OK So these so called rebels don’t care about addressing climate change and the toxic legacy of the petroleum corporations. or taxi workers jobs being threatened by UBER why don’t they care? But more importantly workers and families are struggling with OPEC and US production driving down oil prices and the China economy struggling. Men are notorious for not taking care of their mental and physical health They need help with coping skills and assistance to retrain for the next economy. Coal and oil are not going to be the energy supply of the future unless the carbon capture to carbon nano fiber can be industrialized . If it can we may be able to continue to use fossil fuels as an energy source. Those looking for work might want to check Corporate Knights list of the 100 most sustainable corporations as it is wise to work with the leaders working to address the impact we are having on the environment, more correctly the web of life
commented 2015-12-14 19:32:59 -0500
This useless NDP is ruining our province and our people’s lives, plain and simple! Please sign Dwayne Knudson’s petition at
commented 2015-12-10 21:01:03 -0500
This is horrible may Rachael Notley and her minni9ons be dammed!
commented 2015-12-10 19:55:10 -0500
Did Norway’s preparations include making it harder to find work? How about actively shutting down businesses? Raising the cost of food? Trying to shut down all family farms? All while prices of the main export were dropping? Yes, the PC’s squandered the opportunity. We’re over that, that’s why they didn’t get re-elected. That’s the P in PC, “Progressive”. Alberta hasn’t had a conservative government since Ralph’s second term.

Albertans have been through low oil prices before. They used to have a government that would cut alongside of them. Now we have a government that is actively going after us and making things worse by raising taxes and the cost of living and the standards for compliance. The NDP are stealing the hope of a brighter future. Nora, I hope that you can think too. Do you see now why the drop in prices along with the change in government is hitting Alberta harder than the drop in prices alone is hitting Norway?
commented 2015-12-10 19:54:59 -0500
How am I a leftist? Just listen to what Sheila has to say. She is blaming the alberta government policies for increasing crime and number of people that off themselves. What an asinine leap of logic. Sheila is making the right wing look bad. And for those of you that jump on this bandwagon, you only end up giving the left wing credibility.

And god forbid workers have a higher minimum wage or workers rights.
commented 2015-12-10 18:53:00 -0500
So… you think that the NDP have set the global price of oil? Because they don’t. Too much reliance on the oil industry, courtesy of the conservatives nationally and provincially, put us in this situation. Meanwhile, socialist Norway was ready for the drop in the price of oil….lots of savings, everybody ok. Makes you think. At least I wish it made you think. Please try to have a nice big think.
commented 2015-12-10 16:23:03 -0500
You put me in tears reading your comment…I was already angry.

“During the BSE crisis my daughters boyfriend lost the family farm – went out to the barn – shot himself.
Suicide – I no longer feel sad – I get angry.
How dare you do that to the family.
Call them or the hospital – and ask for help – hell I will drive all night to get to you myself.
A horrible part of life, is this type of death.” BZ
commented 2015-12-10 15:00:52 -0500
William …shhh … The Righttards don’t like the truth. Especially if you speak ill of their loser PM. I heard he’s trying to raise the Alliance Party for 2020, with him at the helm and all the rest of the P.C’s both federal and provincial turfed in their last respective elections.They should do alright, lots of old people will still be around in 2020.
commented 2015-12-10 14:22:05 -0500
Are the suicides the result of a political party, or the actions of Stephen Harper tying Canada to the fate of the petroleum industry? The industry crashed: there is widespread unemployment and personal financial. The dollar crashed: things like food cost more. People living on the edge commit suicide.
commented 2015-12-10 13:42:38 -0500
" They’re making food cost more by piling union style labor costs onto farming operations with Bill 6"
How can that be when the bill hasn’t even come into force yet???
with all the stuff mentioned here you need to raise the minimum wage so poor families can afford to eat. Until the next election.
commented 2015-12-10 13:31:27 -0500
The Lefttards say it’s all Righttards offing themselves …
commented 2015-12-10 13:31:27 -0500
The Lefttards say it’s all Righttards offing themselves …
commented 2015-12-10 11:25:01 -0500
Excellent reporting Sheila. Facts speak loud and clear regarding the decline of our economy, and the rise of poverty and despair. The left have long maintained the lack of economic opportunity is the cause of all things evil and violent. Alberta is now home to this reality and we see the resulting degradation of societal behaviour. If we get lucky, a militia will form and put all the socialists in jail. Worst case the militia will be ruthless in their extermination of the socialist elite and their sympathizers.
What has history taught us? Perhaps an article to highlight a few historical examples of revolution would remind the population about human behaviour.
commented 2015-12-10 08:17:34 -0500
Sam Young – it IS fair to say that the NDP kills hope. What people do after that is up to themselves.
commented 2015-12-10 07:04:53 -0500
If one of those ready to “off” themselves would take the time and take down a few NDP in the process, Alberta would appreciate that.
commented 2015-12-10 04:06:14 -0500
Sam Young, what is “crazier and crazier” is leftists like you clinging to ideologically motivated denial of the clearly manifest life-destroying consequences of the NDP’s ideologically-motivated, callous life-destroying policies.

Sheila, thank you for pulling no punches in your reporting on the humanitarian catastrophe that the insane Rachel Notley NDP government is wreaking in Alberta with its ideologically-motivated, callous life-destroying policies.

Make no mistake: The lives of real people are being destroyed by the insane Rachel Notley NDP government. The longer this insane government is in power, the longer Rachel Notley is in power, the more lives will be destroyed.

Albertans, organize and start putting up lawn signs all over the province to get the insane Notley government to resign before they can destroy hundreds or even thousands more lives of Albertans who want to live and work.

commented 2015-12-10 03:42:43 -0500
The NDP’s anti-private-sector-jobs policies in Alberta are literally destroying lives. This is who is running Alberta.
commented 2015-12-10 02:12:30 -0500
Is it really fair to say that the NDP causes people to kill themselves? Sheila is getting crazier and crazier.
commented 2015-12-10 01:59:40 -0500
Notley and her crew, will not care about a few suicides, they will need space for their Muslim friends, they will not care about homeless people dead on the streets, makes for less welfare payments. Food will be so expensive, people will not be giving it to food banks, so some of the homeless will starve More savings and full slush buckets.

Notley is a puppet of the UN, She try’s hard to please them. These Marxist have trained her well. Just as they (UN) rigged the 2014 elections in Australia they also rigged the 2015 elections in Canada. This was announced, quite openly at a UN meeting in 2014 when they were discussing the problems involved in controlling Canada and Australia, “We do not have to fret about Australia, our man has been elected. In Canada’s 2015 election, everything is organized, Harper will not be elected”.

It would seem that Notley is just as big a traitor as Trudeau is.
commented 2015-12-10 01:15:14 -0500
Part of the problem here is some people just aren’t smart with their money. When times are good they are making plenty of it but are spending it faster than they’re making it, thinking things will never go down. The oilfield also attracts plenty of people who like to work hard and play harder who buy all the “toys” and do lots of partying. The thing is when you work in a volatile industry like oil you have to be ready for the inevitable downturns that take place. Always put some money aside when times are good to help you make it through the bad times.
commented 2015-12-10 01:06:00 -0500
So now we’re supposed to feel sorry and start playing the blame game for people taking the easy way out when times get tough? I’ve known people who have lost a lot more than a job but still had the courage to persevere. Life will always be filled with adversities whether it be in Alberta or anywhere else for that matter and if one can’t handle it and has to resort to taking their own lives then they don’t get any sympathy from me.
commented 2015-12-10 00:43:42 -0500
Notley keeps smiling. All the while, everything’s in the shitter, everyone is in an uproar, and things will only get worse. Notley hates Alberta, so why should she care? She’s looking forward to the next big conference she can attend and promote herself and her nutty agenda. One would think that she’s in the hunt for a new job already. She hasn’t made her decision to seek reelection, but we know what that will be.

In the meantime, Alberta falls deeper into the crapper, suicide rates rise ever higher, and Notley giggles at the blood that’s all over her hands.

Yep. There’s blood on Notley’s hands now.
commented 2015-12-10 00:41:20 -0500
Ideologues gonna ideologue…
commented 2015-12-09 23:19:27 -0500
@ Dwayne Knudson – "Please sign my petition to the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta to dissolve our current Ndp Govt and call and election before more people and families come to harm "

What is the link to your petition?
commented 2015-12-09 22:26:01 -0500
Dwayne, thanks I’ll sign. And Andrew until you have had a loved one take their own life ………….. Then shut the fuck up!!!!
commented 2015-12-09 22:04:53 -0500
Let the marxists starve in the dark.
commented 2015-12-09 22:04:28 -0500
Andrew are you retarded? it has nothing to do with buying a house. You need a job anytime to buy a house.
commented 2015-12-09 21:51:40 -0500
And that’s why you don’t buy a house you can’t afford in the middle of a housing bubble.
commented 2015-12-09 21:48:19 -0500
I just think it is time for a general strike. This government neither cares about Albertans nor has any vision to guide us through these difficult time. At least Europeans no how to fight tyranny. Stop working, it is time for the people to speak. We all support our farmers who are hard working and form the backbone of this province.