August 25, 2015

Ignoring massive job losses, Alberta's NDP Jobs Minister is busy campaigning in BC

Rebel Staff

It's the worst recession to hit Alberta in nearly ten years. But the NDP Jobs Minister has more important work to do in B.C.

Thanks to the NDP, Alberta's Fort McMurray -- once the jobs engine for the country -- now has an 8% unemployment rate.

The province's overall jobless rate has gone from 4.5% to 6%, and youth unemployment is 11.2%.

Energy companies are reporting massive losses.

So what's Rachel Notley's NDP doing about this?

She's raised taxes and called for a royalties review.

Meanwhile, the new jobs minister Lori Sigurdson isn't even in Alberta right now.

She's in British Columbia, campaigning for her real boss, Thomas Mulcair.


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commented 2015-08-30 00:23:32 -0400
So it’s OK for Wildrose and Provincial Conservatives to campaign on behalf of federal Conservatives but not for Minister Sigurdson to do likewise..on her own time? Why is that? Why aren’t all of you hardworking politicians on the job? BTW thanks for all that great free publicity. The North Okanagan Shuswap lead has gone up a couple more points thanks to this tempest in a teacup (spoon?). So to sum it up it’s do as we say but not as we do.
commented 2015-08-27 13:08:15 -0400
If Mr. Brinkman was serious about a job with The Rebel, don’t you think he’d be asking this via e-mail to Ezra? Posting a request for a job in the comments like a wannabe rookie instead of applying via e-mail like a professional would, only shows he’s just an amateur with a camera.

Brinkman, let me tell you something, and then some advice. First, I could do what you do. I can go around with a camera, getting interviews for a video blog and posting them. I’d have no problem personally with a left wing journalist working for The Rebel. But you go about doing things like a teenager with no direction and no clue. If you are serious, I can help you. But spamming the comments section with your self-serving links, as well-intentioned as they are, is truly amateurish and unprofessional.
I advise that you stop, breathe, and take a good look at how you do things before you do them. I’m not trying to silence your right to free speech, so please don’t go there. If you need more advice, I can help. Just reach out.
commented 2015-08-26 23:36:04 -0400
“I’m still out of work Ezra, have you and your staff considered my YouTube application as a Rebel corespondent from Edmonton?”
Brrinkman, not sure you fit that bill. Do a Megaphone.
commented 2015-08-26 21:23:38 -0400
I’ve learned to ignore Brinkman," who seems to draw attention at any given chance from others by being" repetitive and mundane. Personally, as abrasive as Vlad’s comments can often be, I find it a good no nonsense counter to the pap. All Brinkman’s links and comments are too saccharine for my tastes.. Don’t thank me for checking out your resume, I didn’t.
commented 2015-08-26 16:30:50 -0400
“why is that NDP ahole in BC working for nocare he has his own people to do the foot work.” “Burnaby BC has a city gov. made entirely of local NDP franchise members… last weekend, just about the entire elected city staff was campaigning for their federal NDP comrades.” And who is paying for this? Oh yeah, us! Is there not a requirement to report this as an election expenditure? Not that Elections Canada (full of lefties) would do anything about it!
commented 2015-08-26 12:03:19 -0400
For those who are saying that it is slumping oil prices that are causing the downturn in Alberta’s economy, please do some real critical thinking! Is now the time for a carbon tax? Is now the time for increased corporate taxes? Is now the time for increased royalties? Is now the time to shut down the petroleum industry in Alberta?
What does Alberta have to offer as replacement? The agriculture industry is in trouble because of drought (think wheat, beef, etc.). Should Alberta invest in manufacturing jobs? Heck, Ontario’s manufacturing sector is in trouble with businesses heading south of the border! There is always tourism, but, hey, don’t you need oil and gas to get people into the province? And, tourism does depend on weather. Maybe, forestry, hmmm? After the wildfires, are there any trees left to cut? Oh, I know – fishing! But, hey, Alberta is landlocked, so no huge oceans there for that industry!
Any industry needs a commodity to sell, and a market for that commodity! It also needs the investors to put up the cash. And, Alberta’s NDP is doing a fine job of chasing those investors out of the province. Yea, for the NDP!!!
commented 2015-08-26 08:36:28 -0400
RICHARD BRINKMANSHIP, claims, “I do lean left of center” and quotes socialist revolutionary Che Guevara! Too funny! Go figure.
commented 2015-08-26 00:11:34 -0400
Where’s the Wildrose opposition to this, or anything else for that matter. I’m having a hard time finding it.
commented 2015-08-25 23:09:32 -0400
World price per barrel has fallen to less than half what it was one year ago. The provincial governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan can do nothing about the drop. Most oilsands workers were laid off last spring, about 15,000 workers. The only thing that can get these workers back to work in the oil sands is a higher world price for oil. That is not going to happen soon. Iran and Russia are ramping up to basically flood the market at any cost. Expect to see the price for a barrel of oil to decline even more.
commented 2015-08-25 21:48:47 -0400
BC voted against the NDP in the last Provincial election. So I can’t believe that he polls show the NDP leading in BC, mind you I don’t put very much faith in polls. However I also believe that any support for the NDP and or the Liberals have got to be coming out of the Greater Hongcouver area. Those people are just as nutty as Torontonians.
I know that where I live there is huge support for the Conservatives, although we have a new Conservative candidate running this time as the former MP has or is retiring and he took this area hands down for a lot of years. The NDP is still to name a candidate. In addition we have the NFA president now running as an independent, although support for him is very low. This guy is basically a has been as far as the NFA membership is concerned. I am a member and have made it quite clear that he does not get my support and I might even consider withdrawing my membership because of this move as I feel it is very wrong on his part.
But he is free to do as he pleases.
commented 2015-08-25 21:34:54 -0400
Thanks for that Ezra. I am certainly not surprised.
But, who are we, a scant minority, to deny the Electorate their Right to suffer their folly?
What I find more disturbing, is that after 25 years I still wonder whether Ontario will ever recover from its experiment with an NDP Gov’t.
Ditto: Peter Netterville on “The Slow Death of Alberta”.
Dave Bainard: “…the only way to get this out to MSM is through the comments section…”
THEY control the comments section. If THEY do not like your Post, THEY will delete it.
I was a bit gung-ho on SunNewsNetwork, and after the sale of the papers, I suggested in a Post THEY would be sorry. It looks like THEY may be.
commented 2015-08-25 20:40:15 -0400
I bet she is campaigning with Mulcair in BC on Alberta taxpayers dime!
commented 2015-08-25 20:38:12 -0400
Rod Hayes, your post as a good lemming lefties proves you have absolutely no concept of business. The huge profits go to the businesses, not to the province to spend or save.

The province has no stake in the profits from the businesses, that money goes as dividends to the shareholders in the oils companies.

The province gets royalties from the oil taken from the ground. Now in that regards, the PC government after Ralph Klein was the Premier the royalties were spent and Alberta’s Heritage Trust Fund and Sustainability fund were also spent, taking Alberta from the black to the red. That is why the PC were booted. Unfortunately, we now have a government actively hostile to Alberta’s main revenue.
commented 2015-08-25 20:17:02 -0400
NDP Jobs Minister’ is an oxymoron. It’s clear the NDP wants to stop extraction of oil from the oilsands and they could care less if tens of thousands of jobs across Canada go the way of the dodo because of their AGW obsession. They are clearly acting against the interests of Canada and Canadians and they must be held accountable for that.
commented 2015-08-25 19:23:26 -0400
Big oil should simply use some of those HUGE PROFITS from the boom times to weather the storm 👌
The province would be in much better shape if they had taken when times were good .
But now the big profit guys are hurting because they may have to give more & they already spent the rapings on yachts in their tax sheltered countries…….
commented 2015-08-25 19:20:11 -0400
The only way to get this info onto the MSM newspapers is through their comment sections at the end of relevant articles. Enough repetition and they will wake up.
commented 2015-08-25 19:12:28 -0400
KARIN BOUGIE – I’ve learned to ignore VLAD who seems to draw a attention at any given chance from others by being negative and vile. Thank you Rebel readers for checking out my resume (at the bottom of this forum) I do lean left of center politically but I think Ezra could use a few like myself to the Rebel mix of talent for some balanced news reporting.

The talented Rebel MARISSA SEMKIW has even used and credited my FREE NEWS SHARING video work in her past news reports.
commented 2015-08-25 18:58:14 -0400
Yikes, Vlad, why don’t you have a wee stout and just breath……
commented 2015-08-25 18:56:15 -0400
Burnaby BC has a city gov. made entirely of local NDP franchise members… last weekend, just about the entire elected city staff was campaigning for their federal NDP comrades. It’s how they do things…. not right, but not unusual. NDP are also the Canadian Component of the World Socialist Organization in London who claim to govern 51 countries. Since NDP all dog-pile on campaigns for the 1 or 2 socialist levels above, we should expect a federal ndp to trot the glob campaigning for other Wold Socialist parties.
commented 2015-08-25 18:46:19 -0400
Hey Notley – $39 oil!!! How’s that feel you disgusting nazi pig???!!! Lori Sigurdson is just a useless socialist pig – she can go hang out in Venezuela for it matters.

Alberta is fkd. Ontario is fkd. Quebec is fkd. Hand Canada over to the nazi pig enn-dee-pee and watch your savings get confiscated just like Greece. Your choice Canada.

@richardbrinkman – hey DICK!!! You still spamming??? No one gives a fk about your nazi/socialist sh*tbag website.
commented 2015-08-25 18:34:17 -0400
“The slow death of Alberta”
Starring Rachel Notley as the villain, Brian Jean as the underdog hero, Jim Prentice as the pouting little boy, Danielle Smith as the turncoat traitor, and Jim Prentice as the secret villain plotting behind the scenes. A four year mini-series to be aired in real time. Don’t miss this exciting political intrigue.
commented 2015-08-25 18:25:46 -0400
Now Ezra,

You know as well as me the oil prices are the driver, but I do agree with you on one thing why is that NDP ahole in BC working for nocare he has his own people to do the foot work. God this country is going to get screwed over if they win. Not one of the NDP mp’s have a clue what this country wants.
commented 2015-08-25 17:25:46 -0400
Apologies to the non-Albertans, but I again must do my broken record post. Calgary-Foothills by-election is being contested by star NDP candidate, Bob Hawkesworth. Last poll I saw has Mr. Panda of the Wildrose slightly ahead. Albertans contribute to Mr. Panda’s campaign, Calgarians put shoe leather to pavement to get support, constituents vote and get out the vote. Make Sept 3 a bad hair day for Ms Notley and a bad beard day for Mr. Mulcair.

Hey, is there not a Provincial by-election the same day in Ontario? I have been to focussed on Foothills to pay attention. If so, a great time to send a message to Ms Wynne and Mr Trudeau, Jr. as well. Sept 3 can be an interesting sign post in the Federal election.
commented 2015-08-25 17:17:02 -0400
Mulcair has prmised to increase the seniors GIC by $40 million over four years. Likely to the tune of the same increases the Harper government has made.
commented 2015-08-25 17:16:08 -0400
A prime example of the best way to get rid of the NDP is to elect them, sad but true.
commented 2015-08-25 17:06:35 -0400
I’m still out of work Ezra, have you and your staff considered my YouTube application as a Rebel corespondent from Edmonton? My resume –