January 28, 2016

CFIB Business Barometer report brings MORE bad news for Alberta

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

It's more bad news for Alberta. Today the Canadian Federation of Independent Business released its Business Barometer for January 2016.

The Barometer measures Alberta's small business confidence. And it's fallen again.

December 2015 was the lowest the CFIB had ever seen small business confidence in Alberta in the 15 years since they began collecting this data. January 2016 is lower than that.

Amber Ruddy, the Alberta Director of the CFIB, says "one third of small business in Alberta report they will have to shrink their workforce, a last resort for many businesses”.

Alberta Businesses are in free fall, facing layoffs and bankruptcy. What is our provincial government doing? They're doing worse than nothing.

The NDP are delaying the spring sitting of the Legislature. They're delaying the budget. They increased taxes on job creators. They taxed everything under the sun with a carbon tax. They’re raising the minimum wage, which will kill the creation of new jobs for young people.

If any situation on Alberta ever called for an emergency session in the legislature, it’s the worst economic situation in Alberta since 1982. But Rachel Notley doesn't think so.


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commented 2016-01-28 22:35:56 -0500
Sam Young commented 39 mins ago
God forbid the government raise the minimum wage. People that work these jobs need to eat and put a roof over their heads too.
What happens if these minimum wage people are laid off because the business owner cannot afford the pay increase?
commented 2016-01-28 21:55:11 -0500
God forbid the government raise the minimum wage. People that work these jobs need to eat and put a roof over their heads too.
commented 2016-01-28 21:44:23 -0500
This is what happens when a sociopath becomes premier.

Notley’s pathological hatred of Southern Alberta, the O&G industry, any industry in general, and her tendency for crazed partisan nepotism is more than anyone can handle. She will, once everything is completely ruined, be called out. Of course, she will be long gone by then, and off another occupation for her fellow travellers.

There is a silver lining in all this chaos – the very strong chance of Alberta sovereignty and US annexation. Albertans will get a much better deal as a state of the US…and what US president doesn’t want to enlarge the Union?

It’s American Manifest Destiny, baby. It’s coming and there’s no stopping it now.
commented 2016-01-28 20:14:52 -0500
Here is another nightmare Notley has planned, compliments of Wynne. When the wind farms are installed there will be a 20 year contract for maintenance and servicing. So even if a new government decided not to use the turbines the tax payer will be funding the maintenance. Also, just like Wynne, there will be no plan or funds committed when the wind turbines reach their life expectancy, which is approximately 20 to 25 years. These things will need to be taken apart, recycled and disposed. Also, property owners and farmers will not be happy as in Ontario no consultation was done and only now are they realizing the price of homes are not drastically lowered but owners are having a hard time selling. Farmers are complaining about worms leaving the area due to the hum of the blades. This results in less crop production and degradation of soil which is putting a strain on business income. Same problem for dairy cattle, the humming sound makes the cows nervous and as a result do not drink enough water, therefore producing less milk. Electricity rates will sky rocket to pay for the purchase and installation of the turbines and they are only about 25% effective. These turbines are going to be a total nightmare.
commented 2016-01-28 20:08:34 -0500
Just suck it up and don’t make the same mistake at the polls again – just relax wait till the polls open next time and enjoy the blessed consumer relief deflating an over-heated economy brings – also smile as as you see the tail pipes of those U-hauls going back east.
commented 2016-01-28 19:58:06 -0500
for 15 years I have struggled to retain and train staff to provide the level of service necessary to succeed and now thanks to a accidental election I have to consider for the first time laying people off. this is the end game off this notley government to have everyone working for the govt in some manner either through welfare or actual employment by the state. we let this socialism fester for 40 years under a progressive not so conservative government and now the final demand is here.
commented 2016-01-28 19:54:59 -0500
Motley has no interest in a faithful government. She wants to build up government union and lobbyists power so she has a good job in 3 years. Tell me why AUPE returns calls that are made to Motleys office
commented 2016-01-28 19:52:11 -0500
Gerry Fladager yes Gerry the bitch is
commented 2016-01-28 19:28:23 -0500
Is she the wife of a union goon???
commented 2016-01-28 18:51:58 -0500
Can she be fired fore not doing her duty
commented 2016-01-28 18:50:20 -0500
Lets look on the bright side. recent headline says…
“Oil Price Collapse Is Making Canada More Equal: BMO
what that really means is everyone is becoming equally poorer, kinda like in socialist states, the equal distribution of misery.
commented 2016-01-28 18:44:39 -0500
Deflation. Depression. Stop spending folks. Keep cash on hand.