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 2015-09-30 17:54:29 -0400
As your previous discussions here show, when you are backed into a corner you resort to baseless name calling, and deflect discussion with mature comments like bla, bla, bla. High quality, monosyllabic words that reflect obviously low IQ backing them up. I am a small C conservative from Ontario who is ready for change and have every right to voice my opinion here. This is the last time I engage your childishness.
Oh good luck that attitude adjustment. You sure need it.
commented 2015-09-30 17:21:29 -0400

I was born in Canada – which is a socialist country. I am perfectly fine with paying more in taxes for OHIP.
commented 2015-09-30 16:49:52 -0400
If you were born in Canada, you have never lived under a Socialist Government. If Trudeau or Mulcair should win the next Election, you are going to find out, the hard way. Socialism is just Communism, minus the guns. Take into account, the fact, if either of the afore mentioned persons do in fact win, it will only be because of the Muslim Vote. This will enable you to witness the slippery, blood soaked , slide of Canadian civilization on it’s forced conversion to Islam. Have ‘You’ ever inhaled the smell of fear, Jimmy. Note; See my conversation with Bravo Zulu.
commented 2015-09-30 15:48:17 -0400
Even though I am an unabashed conservative thinker, this problem can be laid firmly at the feet of the PC party of Alberta. They became more “P” and less “C” since the days of Ralph Klein. Alberta spends more per person on health care and social programs than any other province in Canada. Successive governments have continued to increase spending to the point that it would have become unsustainable even if the sky hadn’t fallen with the drop in oil prices and the drop in the Canadian $. This is mainly a result of most provinces electing more and more socialist(progressive) governments.Maybe it’s time to stop giving the voters what they want, and start giving them what they need! Common sense.
commented 2015-09-30 15:41:56 -0400
Perhaps losing thousands (tens of thousands still to go) of jobs in Alberta’s oil sector (wait, head offices in Toronto will soon follow suit) is exactly the way the Notley government wants to reduce carbon emissions not realizing that their B.S. will soon have Alberta joining ranks with Ontario in the “have-not” category. The left’s thinking; “We have such a great country. I feel guilty. Let’s destroy it so that it looks just like every other third world shit-hole…”
Sad stuff folks. There are a lot of guys who died fighting for our country in WWII that are rolling over in their graves, perhaps thinking: “I died for this?” Shame, shame, shame….
commented 2015-09-30 15:32:32 -0400
I really don’t understand the position that conservatives have on environmental issues. It’s almost as if it is just a natural reaction to be in opposition to liberals/progressives/science.

At some point – the old ways will have to step into the future. We all love science fiction movies. They aren’t using coal and oil. I’m being facetious of course, but the time has come for alternate sources of energy.

Will it be expensive? Yep. Will it put people out of work? Yep.

We can’t stop advancements in this world, because it may people put out of work. We have been down this road many times before where certain industries died because they were no longer needed or were taken over by a more modern and efficient version. Just ask all the people who lost their jobs in the music industry.

Maybe Alberta shouldn’t put their eggs all in one basket and prepare for the day when the oil died. People need to get job in OTHER industries.

The sooner you jump off that slowly sinking ship, the better.
commented 2015-09-30 14:28:51 -0400
bla,bla,bla, you keep ignoring what we are saying. Yes, the reasons are multi faceted, yes it has been going on for a while. You insist on saying, " see, I have proof that the grass is green" When we have already said, the grass is green.
The only thing we (speaking for myself) differ on, is that many of the mitigating factors were from the inability to go ahead with pipelines, and inflamed native issues, fanned by outside interference. And of course the Saudis screwing us over to keep their market share, by lowering prices.
AS WELL, as the fact that Notely’s idea of working with the industry is to make it even more impossible for them to function.
She is making sure the doors stay closed.
You are beating a dead horse. You condescending little sht. you think we don’t read those articles.
You hate Harper, ya so what, go to cbc site and spew.
commented 2015-09-30 13:44:15 -0400
So Bill, it took me all of two seconds to find an article on Oil layoffs pre May 5th and the election of Notley. I am not going to waste everyones time by posting the hundreds I found – but clearly – the decline of Albertan oil was a long time in the making – there was plenty of cutting and slashing. Not sure where you are getting your information.
As for her 40% not giving a legitimate mandate – Harps won 2011 with 39.6% support but got 53% of the seats. Hardly a screaming endorsement. Better have him impeached I say. Ah, we don’t need to since the Canadian people will do that job for us in a few weeks.
Then the conservative party can get back to the progressive ideology that made its appeal mainstream prior to Harps and get rid of the autocracy that is the PMO.
Duffy for prime minister – I hear he is explosive.
commented 2015-09-30 13:44:14 -0400
So Bill, it took me all of two seconds to find an article on Oil layoffs pre May 5th and the election of Notley. I am not going to waste everyones time by posting the hundreds I found – but clearly – the decline of Albertan oil was a long time in the making – there was plenty of cutting and slashing. Not sure where you are getting your information.
As for her 40% not giving a legitimate mandate – Harps won 2011 with 39.6% support but got 53% of the seats. Hardly a screaming endorsement. Better have him impeached I say. Ah, we don’t need to since the Canadian people will do that job for us in a few weeks.
Then the conservative party can get back to the progressive ideology that made its appeal mainstream prior to Harps and get rid of the autocracy that is the PMO.
Duffy for prime minister – I hear he is explosive.
commented 2015-09-30 12:26:49 -0400
The job losses may not be entirely the NDP’s fault, but the NDP certainly have been making a bad situation worse.

I have lived in Alberta all my life and Albertans are familiar with the drop in oil prices, so we know how to hunker down and ride out the bottom of the roller coaster ride that is inherent in an oil and gas based economy, but this is worse and what has made it worse is the NDP.

Anyone who thin ks that raise corporate taxes 20%, doubling the per/tonne carbon tax on industry, and reviewing the tax royalty rate, and hiring staff that is anti-oil and gas / anti-pipeline does not affect businesses her e in ALberta in a negative way is fooling themselves.

Yes, this NDP government is responsible for a lot of the job losses regardless of what NDP apologists like Terry Rudden, Richard Brinkman, and others are telling you.
commented 2015-09-30 11:58:57 -0400
Sure is, Kelvin. Maybe next time he can do it like an adult talking to another adult.
commented 2015-09-30 11:57:10 -0400
To bad “T” Bill made some excellent points
commented 2015-09-30 11:30:47 -0400
“Terry , you sounf like you have no idea how petro energy industry operations and economics work, or how Albera royalty revenues impact production – so allow me to enlighten you.”
Actually, Bill, life is short and I don’t read posts that start with stupid insults any more. Have a great day, T.
commented 2015-09-30 11:09:47 -0400
Terry , you sounf like you have no idea how petro energy industry operations and economics work, or how Albera royalty revenues impact production – so allow me to enlighten you. No one is saying global oil cartel price fixing hasn’t impacted oil producers – oil prices were depressed for a year before the NDP took power. In that time oil companies didn’t lay off hoping this is another of many price cycles – and as oil field production and enegineering personnel are highly skilled workers you can’t replace that easily, they decided to operate at near full staffing and ride the price slump out. That was until the new NDP regime started promising a dramatic increase in royalties, well head taxes and carbon surcharge operational taxes at a time the industry is struggling under low profit market conditions. That hastened the decision to down size operations. Oil sands production operators being the first to downsize (due to the lower margin of return on capital investment in the extraction process), saw the first rounds of full shift lay offs and also the migration of foreign operational investment capital. In a show of industry solidarity and forward planning economics, AB-based companies downsized as well to reduce the overall production output. Oil in the ground is like gold in the bank vault – you pull it out and sell it when the price is high, when prices fall you simply close the vault door and wait – gold in a vault ,like oil in the ground, is still safe where it is and still accruing value, the decision to slow down production to minimal levels is a reaction to low prices but the promised tax increases was the impetus for the layoffs/down sizing and the industry will likely have a sustained slow down until either the NDP are out of office or they change their industy taxing plans or oil prices return to $120/bbl .

So the fact of the matter is the NDPs stupid ideological reflex (hostility) toward the industry and their ill timed talk of large tax increases was the trigger for the layoffs and will likely be the reason for a sustained slow down in the patch. The slowdown will run deep into the AD economy as al the patch feeder/contracting industries are also effected.

Regardless of the finer nuances of the Oil Patch slowdown and subsequent sustained recession, the NDP stupidly positioned themselves as oil industry opponents in an oil patch driven economy and they will bear the blame in the voter’s mind for the damage. They did this to themselves with stupid narrow optics and ideological inflexibility. They will be a one term wonder. Given Alberta’s long political history/tradition of voting an old established regime out in an electoral avalanche then keeping the new regime in for decades, and with Notley being raised in this political tradition, it takes the NDP’s actions beyond the realm of epic failure to that of a political death wish.

Their only hope now is to do a 190 deg. change in policy/attitude towards Alberta’s economic engines and repair the damage but I fear it is too late for that- NDP polling numbers were on a big decline in June and by mid winter when the oil-patch depression becomes apparent they will collapse. Last time this happened it was to Don Getty when he tried to rape the oil patch to pay for his patronage spending, the only thing that saved the PC party from electoral ruin ( and the Liberals from forming the next AB dynasty) was Ralph Klein remaking the PCs as a populist party. I hold no hope out that Notley has the inventiveness or intellect to stray far from the ideological tunnel vision which was her undoing.
commented 2015-09-30 10:54:04 -0400
Bill Elder – the NDP won 40.6% of the popular vote, at least the information I looked at, stated this. That isn’t a majority, or should I say that doesn’t give Rachel and her destroyers, the moral authority to destroy our economy, for generations to come!
commented 2015-09-30 10:21:37 -0400
“So Terry, you work here in Alberta? You know how the oil patch works, do you?”
Nope. But I have worked quite a bit in media, and I know manipulative headlining when I see it. I’ve also worked at length in Nunavut, where oil and gas exploration have essentially shut down because of the global slump and in spite of a highly supportive political regime.
All the best, T.
commented 2015-09-30 10:15:25 -0400
Todd Patterson: That is false: You are mixing numbers up. 150billion deficit is the amount that Harper has blown since 2008. 10 billion is what Trudeau wants to run as a deficit in one year. I just wanted to adjust what you said since you are spreading lies. The rest of your post is opinion based and you are entitled to your opinion.

Karin Bougie is right, the projects are being scrapped based on fear of the ndp government. It is not the NDP government’s fault though, there is nothing they have done that is causing it, it’s just the fact that it’s an NDP government and people are scared because they haven’t had a different government in over 4 decades. It will likely pass and as long as we have a fed government willing to work and meet with provincial premiers then Alberta will have a much better 2016.

For those paying attention, government transparency has improved. We are seeing more and more of government numbers. The government is starting to listen to the people, they have made mistakes but have admitted to them and fixed them instead of denying them and shredding the proof like previous governments.
commented 2015-09-30 09:28:21 -0400
So Terry, you work here in Alberta? You know how the oil patch works, do you?
I can tell you that having a husband that has worked in the oil patch as an electrician and then as a consultant and project manager, this new NDP government DOES have lots to do with the job losses. Projects that have been planned, set to start or continue have been stalled or scrapped due to FEAR of this NDP government and it’s ridiculous leader. Projects that had end dates set at 2017 and 2018, employing hundreds of people stopped because no one is wanting to risk going any further until Ms. Bonehead decides who eats and who starves.
The oil prices and global oil economy are one thing, but living here in Alberta, I can tell you this downturn, empty hotels, and equipment sitting is because of fear of a inexperienced, scary NDP government.
commented 2015-09-30 07:50:47 -0400
Headlne: “Alberta: Media ignores loss of 1000+ oil and gas jobs each week under NDP.”
Actually, a more accurate headline would be: “Media continues to cover global decline in oil prices as an international story: Albert Oil Company and Wild Rose Propagandists at the Rebel continue to pretend it’s the fault of the NDP.”
commented 2015-09-30 01:28:52 -0400
Trudoo wants to blow 150 billion in his first year. Prime Minister Harper pretty much had to spend excess amounts of money on security at the G20 as Canada is full of left wing fucking retards that do nothing but vandalise property and create as much mayhem as possible, not to mention the threat of terrorist attacks. The reason this country is becoming more polarized is the right is getting sick and tired of the left wings increasingly irrational and radical ideology, i.e. Leap Manifesto’s, UN Agenda 21 social engineering, climate change chicken little syndrome et al. If the left continues to push on selling this country down the river, the polarization is only going to get worse. Socialism/Communism does not work.
Back to topic, there is no doubt that the MSM is nothing but a bunch of left wing pandering scum bags. I do not rely on anything they say as a source of information.
commented 2015-09-30 01:13:13 -0400
Notley and her crew of socialist zombies have no clue how an economy works. I suspect that they believe there is a secret money tree somewhere in the forest and when they find it, we will all live in a land of milk and honey and sing their praises on high.
Meanwhile, NDP zombies will blame everyone else and everything else for the damage she is doing to this province.
commented 2015-09-29 23:40:50 -0400
If you can smell me from there it must be that Pinocchioish nose of yours – grows when you tell lies. Which seems to be most of the time.
The job of finance minister is to make tough decsions – cutting transfer payments and reducing “pandering” to provincial interests were problematic but necessary. As for EI theft – clearly Harper has thought highly enough of it to continue to policy rendering your point moot.
As for a balanced budget – let’s see what the next government actually inherits. It’s always nice to balance the books in an election year – make everyone feel warm and fuzzy.
And the fact is since 2008 – Harper has just run deficits – 7 in a row to be exact – increasing our debt by more than $150 billion dollars since taking office. Look to your man Harps – clearly he isnt ready to lead this country and hasnt been for the last 9 years. Say whatever you want about the Liberals. What I see as Harpers legacy is a nation more divided and polarized than 10 years ago. He preaches conservative values but spends like he just won the lottery – Didnt he piss away a $1 billion dollars on the G20? Hmmm. How soon we forget.
commented 2015-09-29 23:26:02 -0400
The industry has been in trouble for sometime. That’s why Harper has been trying to forge new markets. All of his attempts have been kiboshed, by Obama’s refusal to allow the Keystone, and here at home the constant blocking of pipelines, east west or north. Foreign interference and inflamed native issues have made headway impossible.

Our resource has been landlocked, and with no cost efficient way to get it to other markets, there is little chance of competing. Had even one of these proposed pipelines gone through, the savings per barrel on delivery may have enabled us to stay in the game, even with the huge drop in oil prices. Shipping by rail is more expensive and takes away from a companies bottom line. Pipelines would not have taken away from their bottom line, so could have given them more room to manoeuvre, even in bad times. Then Notely put the last nail in the coffin, raised royalties, and the cost of doing business all around. The final straw, companies left. Specifically because of Notely these companies aren’t even making any plans for future work, which is what they normally do, to place themselves when prices shift a bit. Until she is gone they won’t step foot in the province.

There were numerous factors involved in the killing of the oil industry in Canada. Numerous people involved, and it was a calculated take down.
commented 2015-09-29 23:13:26 -0400
Oh Jason, you are full of so much shit I can smell you from here.

The Liberals left a surplus by
1) stealing from the provinces by cutting back on the transfer payments.
2) stealing from the EI fund, which Harper had to replace when the largest recession since the great depression hit in 2008.

And speaking of the recession, Harper was not going to run a deficit but was forced to do so or be overthrown by a coalition of the opposition parties. Why do Liberals like you always try to rewrite history. Its actually called lying, btw. And there is no more deficit. Harper balanced the books after being forced to run the deficit.

And how about your little puff piece, Justin, who has declared he will run a deficit, so you are hardly one to complain about Harper running a deficit when your lover, Justin, stated outright that he will.
commented 2015-09-29 22:42:03 -0400
And as for that video – you teabaggers are sure an ugly bunch. Couldn’t get past the pastie skin and yellow teeth.
commented 2015-09-29 22:40:15 -0400
Is that Wynne attack somehow directed at me?? I didnt vote for her. I liked Hudak’s plan to reduce the governement by 100000 jobs.
Mow you want to play watch videos. Ok.
Try this
As for my indignation – I have none. I do enjoy a flippant discussion with a couple of light weights from the west. Clearly punching above your weight class.
And the “gong show.” Chuck Barris made a fortune on that one. A true small businessman – I bet the tax implications were favourable for him. Made it worth while. That’s why he did he- just greed.
commented 2015-09-29 22:07:15 -0400
Jason Voorhees – thanx for the regular insults – Really so Ontario has lower gasoline prices than Alberta good for you, I should let Comrade Wynne know she isn’t gouging you enough.
You really should watch this video to see how much I care about your indignation :
Thanx for playing pop goes the progressive.
BTW Harper does not follow the failed Keynesian theory, or he would have spent our way out of the recession like Trudeau wants to do. Next we can play the gong show, I’m sure you will come up with something clever little dude.
commented 2015-09-29 21:32:04 -0400
Well Princess – when did Harper ever balance the budget? Oh in 2006 when he inherited a surplus from the Liberals. In fact the liberals under prudent management from Paul Martin reduced the deficit from $563 billion in 1997 (thank you MR Mulroney) to $458 by 2008. I would say – nice work Paul. Can I show you the data on those FACTS? Maybe its his flawed Keynesian beliefs that have led down that path. Infact, since 2006 government spending has increased in every department under Harps. Again, I can get the facts if you like but they are easily found. If we look to fiscally conservative PMs – the only one in Canadian history who really fits that mold is – Jean Chretien. Imagine that.
In 2006 Harper spoke about Canada “becoming an energy superpower”. Now, you have state unequivocally that the federal government has no jurisdiction over oil prices etc. – but he has made it one of his core three policies. Strange.
How has that worked out for him? Let’s see – That’s a pretty conservative paper too that I enjoy reading – even as a socialst hypocrite.
As for reduced corpotate taxes and the benefits – read on my fierce huperconservative friend
A faile experiment perhaps – Oh Exxon mad 32 BILLION DOLLARS. They own esso. Did I already say that.
So for Harpers policies. Fail. Fail. Fail
Thats a fact jack.
commented 2015-09-29 21:30:41 -0400
@prince Knight,
I reiterate, nobody wants bitumen. Shale oil is literally better in every way – cheaper to produce, light and sweet, and North American. You’re misleading yourself if you think Venezuela is who the oil sands are competing with – they are a third party observer to a price war between the Saudis and onshore tight oil, both of whom put out better product, cheaper.

If Harper hadn’t gutted science, we might have had a fighting chance of developing a domestic shale oil industry (we have enormous shale reserves too), but that ship has long sailed.
commented 2015-09-29 21:09:13 -0400
Guy Lombardo – I paid 92.9/l on highland road in Kitchener today – you sure are getting hosed by those oil companies you love so much. Its what I like about you teaparty (teabagger), right wing, Hyperconservative, ADHD politicos – have an opinion on everything and make it personal (ie; scoialist hypocrite) rather than have an intelligent conversation.
Remember Exxon Valdez – that worked well for Canada. Oh – Exxon mad 32 billion dollars in profit last year. 32 BILLION DOLLARS. I feel sorry that their profits might be down due to low oil prices. I get it – I am a small business owner. But you know whats great – the fuel surcharge that have been paying on all my deliveries over the last few years is finally dropping nicely. I bet the surcharge went right into your pocket. The thousands of dollars I have had to pay to prop up your economy.
I have never supported the NDP and voted – wait for it – conservative in the last provincial election. Can you believe that. Wow, I really must be a socialist hypocrite.
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