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 2015-09-29 21:03:45 -0400
Oh, and thanks, Jason R, for living up to the stereotypical leftie persona — snide comments, personal insults, and lack of data. Glad to see you’re still predictable, and that you still know how to “debate”.

(How’s that for a sense of humor?)
commented 2015-09-29 20:57:47 -0400
Jason R:
Alberta needs to diversify? Really? Other than oil, do you even know what Alberta produces? (Apparently not, since you made that comment in the first place.) We also produce and export grains, livestock and meats, timber, coal, minerals, power… shall I add to the list?
The causes of oilsands layoffs were what was being discussed, but thank you for the about-face and topic change to include gasoline prices. Tells me much about the data behind your “argument”.
Your link to the “fact check” site — did you even read the first paragraph? Here it is:“In a previous post, Canada Fact Check took a look at the Harper government economic record and began an examination of the three economic legs of the Conservative economic plan: 1) reduced corporate taxes; 2) Canada as an “energy superpower”; and 3) an aggressive approach to balancing the budget rooted in curtailing government spending." Firstly, what’s wrong with reducing corporate taxes? I’d say Harper’s done well here. Secondly, “Canada as an energy superpower”? When have the Conservative EVERY said this? EVER? Thirdly, balancing the budget by cutting government spending. This is a good idea. I’d say Harper’s on the right track.
You disagree?
Prove it.
Further down the article: “Essentially, the Harper plan for oil-sands expansion assumed that China’s double-digit growth would continue indefinitely and that the country’s surging appetite for oil would also continue unabated. That has clearly proven not to be the case. Based on the most recent numbers, China’s economy is growing at best at half its previous double-digit rate with some economists pegging growth as low as 3%. And that was before the collapse in the Chinese stock market (Shanghai Index) of the past few days!
“Harper’s plan for oilsands expansion”? Does he own the oilsands? He can’t even authorize leases — that’s the Alberta government’s jurisdiction. Suncor, Syncrude, Husky, and others that actually do the mining are the ones that expand operations, and contact the Alberta government for lease grants. Where the hell does Harper come in here? Again, even according to this “article” (which in reality is propaganda), Harper is the final responsibility for the oilsands, and the price of oil, and, and, and… WRONG! Harper has the economic interests of CANADA to deal with. The oilsands are a PROVINCIAL responsibility.

Peddle your propaganda somewhere else Jason R, or Jimmy Da Silva, or Richard/Doug Brinkman or Terry Rudden, or whoever you are, because the articles you’re posting have nothing to do with reality, and everything to do with partisan politics. Try living in Alberta — hell, try living in Fort Macmurray! — to find out what’s REALLY going on.
commented 2015-09-29 20:41:56 -0400
@jason R – What drop in price at the pump? Last time I checked we are paying 104.9/l thanks to Prentice and Notley tacking on Carbon Taxes. At $40/bbl compared to $140/bbl we should be paying less than 80.0/l as most additional taxes are not per barrel but on refined wholesale price or retail price. The distrust Notley has garnered already has the Oil Companies VERY worried about her Royalty review especially since she put an anti-oil global warming zealot in charge of the review. Would you take a chance in expanding production or building a new project if you thought you might not be able to be profitable just running with the systems you have that are paid for? I know that is a difficult question for a socialist hypocrite that has two cars and complains about people who don’t support the NDP destruction of our fossil fuel based industries and infrastructure.
commented 2015-09-29 20:25:03 -0400
@andrew Stephenson – You are apparently talking out the wrong orifice. Bitumen requires less energy to extract than Venezuelan and Californian Oil/Tar and is just a good as any other crude when upgraded. Good try at smearing the most ethical oil Alberta’s Customers can get internationally.
commented 2015-09-29 20:24:36 -0400
Well, Prince Fielder – as all Canadians who driver cars. And like most Canadians who have two cars in their family – I too am directly impacted by world oil prices and the prices at the pump. As a consumer – I DEAL WITH THE RESULTS OF OIL PRICES directly – and the subsequent lowering of the price at the pump has put thousands of dollars per year back into my family’s pocket. I look forward to the day of the $20 barrel of oil and if Albertans are unwilling to diversify – suffer the consequences. So, let’s play the blame game – those damn Saudis. Screwing everything up. No, it has nothing to do with Federal Policy. Oh, let’s look a little deeper – Well Princess Knightly, maybe there is some connection between Harp’s policies and the current decline??
I see you missed the tongue in cheek “nice hair” comment. In your Harper zealotry you certainly havent retained any sense of humour.
Look a bit deeper Oh shallow prince. There is a connection….. Maybe start here. Good to hear that Alberta is the centre of the universe though. Thanks for the update.
commented 2015-09-29 20:18:02 -0400
John Clark – Your correct about one thing, Jim “the spineless weasel” Prentice, started the slide by increasing taxes, fees, fines and implementing new carbon and other taxes. Notley “the supreme comrade” just doubled down and doubled the carbon tax and raised corporate taxes by 20% immediately upon being signed in … so yes John and Jason she is responsible so soon after being elected.
commented 2015-09-29 20:15:00 -0400

dawg brinkman is just another communist pig with his own “pre-written” narrative handed to him by some other source/political party.

Ignore this stupid communist fuck dawg brinkman – he’s just an annoying turd and doesn’t deserve any further attention.
commented 2015-09-29 20:01:54 -0400
Price Knight, well said!
commented 2015-09-29 19:51:47 -0400
Prince Knight- Very well said and totally agree, for whatever reason the left love to say it’s always Harper’s fault when clearly it doesn’t, left rhetoric with no substance of facts.
commented 2015-09-29 19:50:42 -0400
Try again, Jason R. Yes, government policy directly affects oil production — but it’s provincial policy. (If it were federal, why are there different royalty rates in Alberta and Saskatchewan? Why are the oil companies closing up in Alberta and moving one province east?) Harper has little-to-no effect here.

And the “nice hair” is Junior — get your politicians straight.

I deal with the results of oil production directly — it’s obvious you don’t. Harper isn’t to blame for this. If you want to point fingers, better aim ‘em at Saudi Arabia for not cutting production and driving oil prices down to begin with. The rest of the results with the oil companies can be squarely laid at Alberta’s provincial government’s feet.

The Alberta “Conservatives”, under Redford and Prentice particularly, were so far left as to be virtually NDP. The “Conservatives” were bemoaning the low oil prices and figuring they’d have to borrow a small fortune (when they could have just cut expenses, but that would have been too logical and realistic), and the oil companies were already doing some cutbacks. BUT, these same oil companies were still planning smaller-scale projects. Then we Albertans turfed the “Conservatives”, and too many of my fellow Albertans went too far emotionally and voted in the NDP (for which they now have huge regrets). The oil companies started hesitating, and took a “wait and see” approach. We still don’t have a provincial budget, and the current government is already borrowing. The final nail in the oil companies’ projects was Notley’s plan to increase royalty rates, increase corporate taxes, and increase carbon tax rates.

How the hell is ANY of this Harper’s fault or doing? You obviously don’t live in Alberta, and thus glaringly don’t have a realistic clue. Do some on-the-ground research, and find out for yourself what reality is, because you advertise to every Albertan here that you don’t have clue one. You’re spouting some kind of “party line”; I’m telling you on-the-ground reality.
commented 2015-09-29 19:43:06 -0400
The job losses were already well under way when Notley was elected. In fact, her win was a direct consequence of the sense of the Conservatives having wasted the boom, and the WR’s bozo eruptions terrified a lot of moderates.

WTI is now averaging quite a bit lower than the levels that cost Prentice his job. WCS is even lower yet – because, get this, nobody wants the bitumen! It’s junk, the only reason it was worth anything was that it could be upgraded at a certain price into something useable. Now, there’s no need for it, and that garbage is absolutely unwanted.

Could we have developed the Canadian portion of the Bakken? Absolutely. They’ve been pulling a bit of Bakken-origin oil out of salt domes in Sask and Man for decades. Did we go full bore? No. Would things be different if we had tried it? Perhaps, perhaps not. Bitumen Steve is too short-sighted to do anything about that.

Of course, lost in all this is that Alberta should not be so bloody reliant on energy. Every time energy goes down, they look at each other and promise to do things differently next time. And they never do. Now, Winnipeg is the fastest growing city in the prairies – - – Winnipeg! A diehard NDP stronghold with few natural resources to speak of – yet, they’ve got a diverse economy.
commented 2015-09-29 19:19:03 -0400
Media does not care – in fact they will hide it all for as long as they can
commented 2015-09-29 19:12:12 -0400 I guess you missed this from last year oh Princely one. Government policy (or in this case lack of policy) directly impacts the production of oil in Canada. Harp’s has in effect incentified Oil producers to to invest heavily in production but they quickly realized that $100 prices weren’t realistic. Now, in face of losses (after record years of profits) they are cutting and running.
Here is another interesting article – Not sure how you give Harper a free pass – maybe it’s his nice hair. I have been wondering, Maybe he’s just not ready.
commented 2015-09-29 19:09:08 -0400
Edmonton’s Active Citizen – Free News Sharing has got what local Corporate news Media has not – YouTube Albertans Rally for Jobs and Provincial Budget at the Alberta Legislature
commented 2015-09-29 19:06:02 -0400
Deborah Graupner commented -
“Bill Elder – you aren’t being fair to the 60 percent that split the vote on the right. That is how this traitor was elected. Most of us didn’t vote for this gong show!”

Looking at the polling numbers the Dips pulled they came directly from PC Numbers no vote splitting, just a vote migration – Conservative voters abandoned ship and did not go to Wild Rose – Just Like after Ont. elected Wynn last time, it was difficult to find anyone who admitted voting Lib with such a horrible slate of candidates.
Albertans now have 4 years of desolate pain in which to come to grips with their appalling lack of judgement just like Ontario

But if my guess is correct, and Dipper genetics prevail, you won’t recognize your province in 4 years as it will be home to every freeloader in the nation as energy patch wealth is doled out to dependant losers with Dip connections. Dips will use every penny they steal to buy votes and permanently change Alberta’s voter demographic.
commented 2015-09-29 18:58:48 -0400
Excuse me, Jason R — The unemployment and cutbacks in the oilpatch is Harper’s fault? Get a grip. Harper has zero influence on the oilpatch and oilsands. These are run by companies, and companies watch the bottom line. These layoffs and cutbacks began, yes, with the drop in oil prices, but actually accelerated under Notley’s “leadership”. These oil companies were still considering some projects, even with the low oil prices, but those projects were either “indefinitely postponed” or scrapped altogether when Notley announced the corporate tax increase and royalty review…. as well as her “carbon tax” increase.

Harper had jack-squat to do with this. Get your facts straight. Try living in Fort Macmurray before you spout your nonsensical notions.
commented 2015-09-29 18:54:25 -0400
I don’t think as a government that you can say no to pipelines, raise corporate taxes , monkey around with royalties and say that you want to ban coal fired power plants, and that’s only the start, and think that business is going to come flocking in to this province. You just have to look to Ontario to see that this model doesn’t work. As far as the MSM goes ………. why should they care what happens out in the hinterlands.
commented 2015-09-29 18:53:12 -0400
The media has been passing on this whole scare story about “dirty Alberta oil” for years — why should they care about unemployment in Alberta?
commented 2015-09-29 18:36:00 -0400
It doesn’t matter if it is NDP or Shrieking Conservatives in power. Your post is misleading. There were 31,000 jobs lost while the conservatives were still in power! Oil is gone and the industry has changed forever! There will be no total recovery.
commented 2015-09-29 18:34:10 -0400
This headline is just a complete misrepresentation of the reality in Alberta. The loss of jobs is tragic for sure but Ezra, come on. Notley and her band of helpers (don’t know much about them) haven’t had enough time to impact the job situation in Alberta – in fact the decline falls directly in the lap of Harps who focused on Oil at any cost and didnt attempt to diversify the western economy through things like tax breaks, investment, etc. We also need to look to the failed policies of Prentice whom Notley quite masterfully buried in the last election.
Clearly ther are problems in Alberta and I don’t think anyone wishes the circumstances currently on this hara working province of people. But don’t deflect the blame. Having said that, If Peter Lougheed were still at the helm (what a passionate Westerner) I don’t know that the current situation would be so bad – he was a man of action.
commented 2015-09-29 18:32:43 -0400
Bill Elder – you aren’t being fair to the 60 percent that split the vote on the right. That is how this traitor was elected. Most of us didn’t vote for this gong show!
commented 2015-09-29 18:30:55 -0400
Your right Deborah, even in Alberta itself the media is deflecting the issue. What once was a great radio station qr77 with greats like Dave Rutherford is now reduced to a shadow of its former self, I hardly listen to it anymore, last time I did the two morning show hosts that had taken Rutherford’s spot ganged up on a caller for trying to voice his opinion against the job losses blaming it on the new ndp government, which they said it was solely due to the price of oil. One of the hosts all so said that Syrians where supposed be hard workers so they could be employed to fix our failing infrastructure WTF!!!!!!!!
commented 2015-09-29 18:27:26 -0400
Well well, Alberta – you got your NEP2.0 and the subsequent economic winter to struggle through, except this time, instead of having it thrust on you by a greedy Marxist in Ottawa who killed the industry by sucking petro revenues out of Alberta to spend on votes in PQ and Ontario, you willingly elected the greedy commies and put them directly in charge of shutting down your wealth engines in much the same way Ontario put them in charge of shutting down the industrial sector. Didn’t take long did it – and they don’t seem to care do they?

Well, suck it up buttercups because It’s all self inflicted pain – and it was so preventable – you must be masochists.
commented 2015-09-29 18:13:32 -0400
There is a full scale assault on our primary industries and modes of production by our enimies and competitors who are attempting to bring Alberta and the rest of Canada down the hidious UN Agenda 21 bullshit hole of phoney environmentalism as pushed by his royal CBC highness David Susuki.
commented 2015-09-29 18:10:54 -0400
They won’t care until it affects them, and it most certainly will, when they don’t get their welfare payments from the west!
commented 2015-09-29 18:08:54 -0400
The National Media DOESN’T CARE about Alberta or actual working class people.
commented 2015-09-29 18:00:06 -0400
The bright side is that the NDP will not win federally! The Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun and the Calgary Herald, are all complicit in their smoke screen of lies to the public. Post Media need to shut it down, if they are no longer able to be real journalists, which they aren’t and haven’t been for many years now. They are no longer allowing comments, and say they are working on another structure, but they are lying. They don’t want people to see the real truth of what they can expect nationally. The NDP are destroyers of viable economies!