January 10, 2016

Alberta's suicide rate up 30% on Notley's watch

Josh FisherRebel Blogger

As 2016 dawns and Albertans reflect on the path trodden by the new NDP government, one odd inconsistency comes to mind.

Every major new bill pushed through in 2015 had a common denominator: economic impact -- and I’m not talking about a positive one.

First came the attack budget in October, with a mind-boggling $6.1 billion deficit.

Corporate tax increased from 10% to 12%. Alberta’s flat income tax rate was deemed not nearly progressive enough for progressives like the NDP, so that increased.

As one can imagine, business confidence was not exactly strong after this budget. Capital flight increased from a trickle to a decent sized river. With every pulled or stalled project, layoffs came in their wake, and money evaporated from the Albertan economy.

But as we’ve seen, the NDP was only getting started.

Quick on the heels of the attack budget, the carbon tax was thrown onto the plates of Albertans, and this is where things really got ugly.

Another $3 billion a year was to be siphoned out of the economy and tossed into government coffers. The oilsands size had a maximum thrown on it, coal plants were deemed too dirty to suit the "sunshine and lollipop" economy Notley desired, and a host of new taxes were introduced.

Notwithstanding the oil collaborators that had the naiveté to trust militant NGO’s to stop protesting pipeline expansion, the capital flight from Alberta increased from a river to a flood. When it comes to the private sector, and especially the oil and gas industry, “trust” and “socialist” are pretty much like oil and water.

But the NDP had only baked the cake; they needed the icing to top off their 2015 gift of economic ruin to the Albertan populace. The conservative bastion of the agricultural industry was the logical next target. The notorious Bill 6 followed, and its implementation is sure to bankrupt some farmers and ranchers who cannot afford the miles of red tape and unnecessary regulation being shoved down their throats, further depressing the economy.

The direct, tangible effect of 8 months of brilliant legislation is already causing shockwaves throughout the province:

* EI claims up 99% from the same time last year

* A 23% increases in food bank usage in Alberta, hitting record levels. (Canada’s overall food bank usage increased 1.3% by comparison)

* A 30% increase in suicides (and this only covered data to June)

* In Calgary, the first 10 months of 2015 show commercial break-ins almost double from a year earlier, bank robberies increased 65 per cent and home invasions increased 52 per cent (Calgary Police Service data).

* Alberta’s unemployment rate is now at the national average of 7%, the first time this has happened since the days of the National Energy Program.

The human cost of Notley’s policies are staggering.

But all of this sobering data may puzzle you.

Weren’t the NDP supposed to be the government with big hearts for the average or vulnerable Albertans? Where’s the social prosperity promised in their campaign platform?  Why the fixation on treating Alberta’s economy like Floyd Mayweather’s punching bag?

This is where we see a fundamental flaw in Notley’s ideology:

The surest path to social poverty is a weak economy.

When a government harms the economy as the NDP has, private sector layoffs skyrocket and thousands of lives are thrown into disarray. These newly unemployed, thereby robbed of their paychecks and means to support themselves and their families, turn to any other means they can come up with to support themselves: government assistance to pay the bills, food banks to feed their kids, and substance abuse or even suicide to end their pain.

This truly shocking human cost of the NDP has been shrugged off by Notley, who sees the thousands of lives turned upside down as collateral damage on her quest to vindicate the Socialist ideology of a carbon free utopia. Thousands of Albertans livelihoods have been offered up on the sacrificial altar of “climate change”.

But Notley doesn’t see things like this. She is more concerned with bragging to her compatriots in Paris about her “contribution” to stopping climate change, while thousands of Albertans have had their lives turned upside down.

The NDP isn’t the party to support if you care about helping those in need, they are the ones you can count on to empower the government and harm those most susceptible in society.  
In the end, Notley doesn’t care about benefiting the citizens she represents. Her aim is to radically alter Alberta to fit her progressive worldview. To her, destroying the oil and gas industry is more important than working for Albertans.

I truly believe 2016 is going to be a nasty one for Alberta.

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commented 2016-08-15 14:28:50 -0400
So the survey is till June of last year. So what rebel should have posted as facts is PC/wild rose cause huge suicides due to bad economics. Don’t vote for them please.
commented 2016-01-18 17:08:06 -0500
That doesn’t cut it Sam Young: “…point the finger at the conservative party and the wild rose defectors.” Point the finger at the measures which are likely to resolve the low efficiency of administrative and unbalanced allocation of services. The Wild Rose are premised at untangling the red tape and excising knots with scissors. The Balance of power must be shifted in specific directions that are imperfectly correlated with electoral power. The Conservatives would do well to take this moment in the wilderness and take time for reflection on what they have to do, and what they’ll habitually do they’ll do again.
commented 2016-01-13 16:44:52 -0500
Sam… Any study will show and I’m submitting this post as a finished summary but you can go lineup all the facts that you want… during depression times suicides, depression, substance-abuse, divorce rates robberies, muggins, violent crime… Etc. etc. etc. I’m sure you get the idea all go up. no we’re not saying it couldn’t happen on anybody else’s watch but Notley is exasperating the situation by taxing the bejesus out of Alberta with a carbon tax useless and nonsensical farm legislation and driving the oil men out of Alberta or out of business and the ones that are leaving are going into Saskatchewan.. There is no denying that business is leaving Alberta and not just oil business and that is happening on not Notley’s watch. Her NDP policies are being applied like we are still in boom times… Nobody can afford what she’s doing right now because she is out of touch with not only the people but the realities of day today living in the province that she has been elected to look after the best interest of the people not the best interest for herself and what ever elitist organization is pushing for these reforms. the bottom line is nobody’s working and we’re not blaming anybody for that but we can’t afford the policies right now… Nobody can.
commented 2016-01-12 20:55:27 -0500

My point was that the stats being used to blame the NDP, largely predate the NDP. What happened in the intervening 12 years between the last time oil was this low and now? 11.5 years of conservative rule at one level, and 10 at the other.

Ontario seems to be doing fine, it’s not booming but it’s growing at a decent clip. Its unemployment is now well below national average. As is ours in Manitoba – the sprawling suburban growth around WInnipeg has to be seen to be believed, clearly something is growing.
commented 2016-01-12 03:22:34 -0500
A big part of Manitoba being in the shape it is in, is because Manitoba had a really incompetent conservative leader in Hugh McFayden. Good thing he is gone.
commented 2016-01-12 01:26:04 -0500
Ontario, the world’s most indebted sub-sovereign borrower, must be someone elses fault other than the liberals eh Andrew.
commented 2016-01-12 01:23:48 -0500
Andrew is Manitoba someone elses fault as well? Now put up some more phony facts so i can destroy them like usual.
commented 2016-01-12 01:22:39 -0500
Michael Mann Ontario will die first, LMAO! How will the other provinces run by left wing morons do when Alberta cannot pay their bills?
commented 2016-01-12 01:21:09 -0500
Andrew oil was this low in the 2000’s moron, we were busy all the time, in the 80’s we were raped by that pig PET for over 100 billion, you are an ignorant POS as far as i am concerned. How is it our fault that the NEP ravaged us and PET still had the largest deficit in history? And where is Ontarios boom , oyu left wing twits blamed the price of oil and the dollar, well now they are both low, Ontario is still in the toilet and will get worse, of course you will make up some other pathetic excuse as usual. LMAO! Hope you lose everything one day, you deserve it loser.
commented 2016-01-12 00:53:12 -0500
Maybe when Alberta is finally decimated and everyone’s gone, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal can use the land to build the word’s biggest studio space for film and television. American productions will happily use it.
commented 2016-01-11 23:06:57 -0500
“A 30% increase in suicides (and this only covered data to June) "

So, basically, something that predates Notley is her fault?

Oil down to 31 dollars today, WCS barely 18. Yet, somehow it’s the NDP’s fault that Alberta put all their eggs in that basket? Oh, I wonder what happened in the 80s… you mean… the exact same thing? Yet Ezra et al still insist it is an economic saviour even though very few Albertans even bother preparing themselves for the inevitable correction?
commented 2016-01-11 20:25:09 -0500
Snotley makes me sick , See You Next Tuesday Rachel.
commented 2016-01-11 20:24:29 -0500
Michael Mann , you lefties said the high price of oil and the hogh dollar was the excuse for Ontario doing horrible, well lets see the great boom LMAO!
commented 2016-01-11 20:21:58 -0500
I agree that universities are saturated with leftist professors.

Regardless of education, intelligent people will prevail and see through the indoctrination.

However, regardless of ideology, there will be people that jump to conclusions without thinking things over first. In the case of the rebel, we have some people here that will say that the NDP causes suicide, bank robberies and substance abuse.
commented 2016-01-11 20:10:08 -0500
Michael Mann you are one ignorant POS. Now go kill some babies and you cannot survive by being a government stooge, and liberals are losing their jobs as well , and if you lefties are so smart , how come you need us to survive? LMAO, quit leeching off of us if you are so smart and competent. People who work hard then get it all stolen away tend to get depressed, of course you do not get it, as hard work is not something you understand. Whio will pay for social programs? The money fairy?
commented 2016-01-11 15:55:50 -0500
Michael Mann bleated: “I guess conservatives don’t believe in survival of the fittest or helping with the population boom in this case.” More hate speech representative of lefty thinking!
commented 2016-01-11 10:07:56 -0500
I’m sorry sam… Are university professors today capable of teaching anything at all except for bad is good good is bad and skies are green grass is blue…
The only thing Universities teach now is ideology.
Political reform.
And the attitude of university students now is that i"f you didn’t go to university you’re stupid and I’m smart"
about the only thing that’s really taught atuniversities now is arrogance.. Now I am expecting a lot of flak from the University crowd that completely supports their communist Academic agenda taught by their professors and eagerly swallowed by every Brain washed , sponge headed, vacant eyed little drooler in this bleeding heart and Ndp and liberal political environment..
I blame the faculty for the garbage that gets pushed out of our universities today under the disguise of higher education and learning. What a waste of private and taxpayer dollars.
commented 2016-01-11 03:20:42 -0500
Some of you people here at the rebel are taking things way too far. This blog post is just an echo of idiot sheila’s video on how the ndp are responsible for creating the suicide rate in alberta. Do I need to remind all of you just how stupid this sounds? This is the right wing equivalent of the left wing argument, of saying women’s magazines cause anorexia.

Didn’t your university professors teach you that correlation does not imply causation?

And now you are blaming the ndp for substance abuse and bank robberies? So is some out of work oil worker going to put on a ski mask and hold up a royal bank? And you are predicting that farms will go bankrupt because of bill 6? The new bill won’t destroy things. It will just merely annoy the hell out of all the farmers.

No union is stupid enough to want individual farms in their union. The logistics makes it too difficult, and it is not profitable for the union.

If you want to blame somebody, point the finger at the conservative party and the wild rose defectors.

I have had to deal with the NDP for four terms in a row here in Manitoba. Some of us hate the NDP, but the NDP are not driving up suicide rates or crime.
commented 2016-01-11 02:34:30 -0500
Why doesn’t the lieutenant governor of Canada do his job and fire this bitch that is heaping misery on the people through her heavy-handed abuse and lust for power and control.
commented 2016-01-11 02:31:29 -0500
Rachel Notley is probably pleased with the 30% increase in suicides in this province as she believes it will open up job opportunities for the people who were still living… who are willing to work for a bowlful rice and a handful of nuts.
What she doesn’t understand is her policies is what lost the jobs in this province and left those people in the state of absolute despair and thereby killing themselves and not leaving anything behind other than more unemployed people and devastated families.
commented 2016-01-10 21:58:16 -0500
crime is a reflection of your environment and Ms Notley is promoting a bad environment, it is going to get worse, unless she comes back to a more realistic reality.
commented 2016-01-10 19:05:36 -0500
Michael Mann, I wish we could meet so we could establish who is fit to survive and begin to solve the problem of overpopulation
commented 2016-01-10 18:47:56 -0500
I guess conservatives don’t believe in survival of the fittest or helping with the population boom in this case.
commented 2016-01-10 18:32:54 -0500
Time for a regime change by any means necessary. Albertans are much to resilient and head strong to put up with this crap. I predict that this government will not last till the fall of 2016. Legal experts are working on it I’m sure. If that doesn’t work then they will have to be physically thrown out. I know the majority of Albertans are not comfortable with this Notley wrecking crew the same way we weren’t comfortable with Redford and look what happened to her. It’s time to show up Alberta, organize and rebel , adapt and overcome, we are many and they are very few.