May 2018 was not a good month for Canadian job seekers. Thirty-one thousand jobs dropped right out of the economy in addition to the 1.1K jobs lost the month before.
Someone, perhaps the Finance Minister, should have been focused on this downward trend.
So, what was he doing?
An internal memo signed by the Finance Minister and dated May 2018, reveals the Liberal priorities. It’s about a UN program that is so perfectly Liberal in the way it’s obsessed with optics rather than results.
The memo discusses an “Opportunity for Minister Morneau to become an International Gender Champion.”
“The International Gender Champion initiative was founded at the United Nations in Geneva in 2015 to create a platform for senior international leaders to unite in building a world where gender differences do not prevent individuals from achieving their potential. The initiative is structured as a network, with no formal membership scheme.
“Champions are required to make at least two measurable results oriented commitments that can be accomplished in 1 year to advance gender equality within their respective mandates and institutions. In addition Champions must make a panel parity pledge through which they commit to no longer participate in single-sex panels.”
I guess that would mean if a panel of incidentally male economists convened to discuss how best to fix the broken Canadian economy, Morneau was willing to pledge not to participate because there wasn't a token woman on the panel.
Six weeks before Ministry of Finance staff were busy pumping Morneau’s street cred with the ladies, he called an accomplished female MP, Lisa Raitt, “a neanderthal” for rejecting the Liberals’ shallow pandering to female voters.
Finance Department staff, paid by taxpayers, were busy seeking out ridiculous SJW awards and feminist brownie points for Morneau to hang on his wall, instead of focusing on mounting Canadian job losses.
It’s time for Morneau to be a balanced budget champion, but I’m not holding my breath.