The price of oil is actually up fifteen dollars a barrel now from its low in January. But Alberta’s unemployment rate keeps getting worse. Calgary has the highest unemployment rate of any city in Canada. Why?
Well, I’m going to play clips of Rachel Notley’s latest speech about the economy. Listen and ask yourself: If you had money to invest, would you put it in Alberta — or Texas, or Australia, or the UK.
First she blames the province’s troubles on a long standing failure to “diversify" its economy.
But a graph from the government’s own website show that 30 years ago, oil and gas and mining was 36 per cent of the economy. Last year, it was only 18 per cent. So it’s already a very “diverse” economy.
What she really means by diversification, of course, is moving away from the private sector, and into the government sector. Alberta expanded its public service last year by 49,000 workers, remember?
Then there’s her new $500 million program to promote “Alberta's petro-chemical sector.”
Two years ago, oil and gas companies were giving billions of dollars to Alberta in taxes. Under Notley, she taxes you to give money to oil and gas companies.
There’s a lot more.
Notley clearly thinks she’s doing great.
Not because she’s stupid. But because she’s evil.
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