Prime Minister Trudeau came back to Alberta to talk about changes to the employment insurance program.
In the Liberal budget, Trudeau extended employment insurance benefits in 12 regions across Canada that are hardest hit by the recession. Calgary was one of these 12 places. Edmonton was not.
Where did Trudeau go to talk about his government being the EI superheroes of Confederation? It was Calgary.
Trudeau did not come to Edmonton to explain to the unemployed in the Capital region why they got the shaft instead of an EI extension. We all know now that Rachel Notley’s public sector hiring spree skewed the unemployment numbers down in Edmonton, but that doesn't reflect the reality of job losses in areas just outside the City of Edmonton government bubble.
Trudeau, fresh off a $2,000 per night Easter vacation at the exclusive Fogo Island Inn, was in Calgary to listen to broke and struggling Albertans. He hears you. He can relate to you, even though he’s never had a real job until now. He’s got your back.
But, if you live in the incredibly broad Edmonton EI region, Trudeau doesn’t have the stomach to face you for anything other than a photo-op.