February 13, 2018

More Canadians lost part-time jobs last month than any other on record — but that's not all

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

The new unemployment numbers came out on Friday, and they’re a disaster for our country.

It was the worst month for jobs in nine years, with the "loss of 137,000 part-time positions in what was the category’s largest one-month collapse on record."

That’s what happens when you jack up the minimum wage by a whopping 21 per cent in Ontario and Alberta, overnight: Either companies will simply replace their staff with equipment, or just lay people off.

The unemployment rate ticked up from 5.8 per cent to 5.9 per cent. Which looks not bad, except the losses were overwhelmingly on those who were marginally employed.

Labour participation is down too, meaning lots of people who simply gave up looking for work.

Tonight I'll compare those numbers to the employment rates in the U.S. Canada and the United States were both doing well until January. Then we collapsed while U.S. numbers held strong.

That's when Trump’s massive national tax cuts kicked in:

Companies weren't just hiring, they're giving out bonuses and raises. And those workers got their own tax cuts too.

Why can’t we have that?

And do you think this is going to get better or worse, as Trudeau jacks up his national carbon tax, and Ontario jacks up their pension plan withholding tax, and next year’s round of minimum wage hikes kick in?

As for Alberta, I'll show you a tweet from Joe Ceci, the NDP finance minister that shows just how out of touch they are. The truth is, that Alberta last month lost 33,400 part time jobs — more than 1,000 a day.

I say none of this with any happiness. But I think it’s my duty to report it. Because if you wanted news about selfies and socks, you’d be watching the CBC instead, right...?

NEXT: Media executive Mark Simon joins me to talk about his latest op-ed in the Wall Street Journal:

He argues that, in letting China's leadership have a say in the appointment of new bishops, "the Vatican is elevating the persecutors over the persecuted."

THEN: We've had a lot of fun thanks to Trudeau's "peoplekind" gaffe, but Sun columnist Candice Malcolm comes on to remind us that the prime minister made other even more problematic comments at that townhall, such as his remarks about ISIS.

FINALLY: I react to Prime Minister Trudeau's denunciation of The Rebel in the House of Commons!


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commented 2018-02-15 15:40:31 -0500
From my last comment: "Should someone who has such bigoted beliefs against peaceful Canadian citizens be PM of Canada? Add: Because that would seem to go against everything you hypocritical liberal/SJW’s profess to stand for.
commented 2018-02-15 15:26:34 -0500
Andrew, it is fascist to require any citizen to pass an ideology test (in this case a liberal/SJW ‘values’ test) to participate in a government program paid for by taxpayers. But that’s what we have now with this Liberal Party of Canada government that is so off the democracy rails: full-on liberal/SJW fascism. Not that you have a problem with that, of course, any more than any other liberal/SJW warrior has. BTW, do you share PM Justin Newspeak Castro’s bigoted anti-Christian belief that “evangelical Christians are the worst part of Canadian society”, i.e. worse than convicted rapists and murderers? Or are you prepared to call him out on that for being an anti-Christian bigot? Should someone who has such bigoted beliefs against peaceful Canadian citizens be PM of Canada?
commented 2018-02-15 12:57:36 -0500
Ron Voss, absolutely right, in these ‘current’ years, but I always received a reply when I emailed Conservatives, at least in the Harper era. Not anymore. Heck sometimes email AND snail mail. That happened once with Kenny when he was Minister of Labour and Immigration Minister. I was complaining about the temporary foreign workers program and the lack of interest in training Canadians for the jobs he was bringing outsiders in to fill. Not to mention throwing layabouts off the couch and out of their mothers basement to take the service and farm jobs we fill up with foreigners. I was impressed. However not satisfied with the content of his arguments.
commented 2018-02-14 22:10:36 -0500
Andrew please explain to me how FORCING others to pay for abortion is Constitutional then? IDIOT!!
commented 2018-02-14 22:08:39 -0500
Andrew how is the subsidy refusal position non-constitutional?? Are you sane?
commented 2018-02-14 22:06:03 -0500
Andrew the law was not overruled and it is not commonplace , they have no business asking that and you damn well know it.
commented 2018-02-14 22:04:12 -0500
Andrew what startling growth????
commented 2018-02-14 22:03:22 -0500
Andrew the NDP creating jobs from their asses is not a solid stat. It does not prop up the economy. And you are making excuses , and you will make another one after the next month.
commented 2018-02-14 21:08:21 -0500
“Im my opinion a high min wage creates jobs .”

Then, ROBERT BURNS. With your logic, if $15 per hour is great, $40 per hour would be just fantastic!
commented 2018-02-14 20:09:47 -0500
So the first people to land here from Europe were refugees, and accepted by the Indigenous population. Also at that time this land was not called CANADA was it? So this inclusiveness, and diversity has been going on since the the first boat landed? So all the claims of invasion and the need of reparation to the native populace of CANADA is null and void because they were accepted as refugees. Now PM Trudeau has to go back and change, history, books, etc.
commented 2018-02-14 19:10:07 -0500
From my experience it is a rarity to receive a response back from politicians, provincial or federal; not even acknowledgement of receipt of correspondence.
commented 2018-02-14 18:25:52 -0500
It was liberal PM William Lyon Mackenzie King that turned away Jews during WW2.
commented 2018-02-14 16:08:22 -0500
Wasn’t it a LIEBERAL p.m. who said that one Jew is too many?
commented 2018-02-14 14:59:13 -0500
EZRA , just about every body of voting age knows ab The REBEL , there would be a HUGE hue and cry if the CRIMEMINISTER had you shut down , or attempted to do so on such platforms as erase book
commented 2018-02-14 14:59:00 -0500
EZRA , just about every body of voting age knows ab The REBEL , there would be a HUGE hue and cry if the CRIMEMINISTER had you shut down , or attempted to do so on such platforms as erase book
commented 2018-02-14 13:51:20 -0500
I imagine Trudeau’s introduction of a specialized legal system for Aboriginals will raise the ire and indication from all of us here at THEREBEL.
Basically I feel it is the end of Canada. But let’s put on a big smiley face like our feckless Opposition leader Scheer who is presiding over the demise of our culture and heritage.
commented 2018-02-14 12:15:41 -0500
Like a low min wage? Move here to Manitoba.
commented 2018-02-14 11:45:23 -0500
PAUL MCCULLOUGH you are so right. Just think of the control Justin would have over his narrative if the Rebel had never existed. It is a chilling thought. I believe it keeps him up at night. Justin and his cabal of traitors hates us at least as much as we hate them. I think it is too late for them. Even if they hobbled the Rebel, the damage has been done. Too many people are waking up to this governments reckless disregard for Canadians. They cooked their own goose.
commented 2018-02-14 11:38:36 -0500
He hasn’t replied to mine yet Tammie. I imagine he has received a boat load . Keep them coming Canadians. Hard to believe we have to beg our leader not to invite murdering monsters into our country. Sick.

KEN MARTINSON you’re kidding ,right?

Regarding minimum wage, you can’t hobble the makers on every blessed level and expect them to survive. As Trump has proven with out a doubt, step out of the way , tear down the barriers to the honest free market and business thrives. When business thrives employees thrive. That’s how it should work. The government should not be mandating what Business needs to be paying their employees. In a naturally healthy economic environment wonderful things happen for everybody. It isn’t even a question, it is a fact. It is what happens when government gets out of the way.
commented 2018-02-14 11:37:48 -0500
- Idiotic minimum wage increases, over regulation, high taxes. Want high unemployment, just let the government “help” you. The US is booming because the government has been moved out of the way of the economy – the only thing then government can actually do to stimulate the economy.

- Pope Francis is a globalist shill who was maneuvered into position because globalists saw the impact that Pope John Paul II had & they wanted to make sure they got their guy in place. Francis has taken the globalist position at every opportunity.

- Trudeau’s solution to the ISIS problem (he created) is to accuse Canadian’s of being racist. After meeting with team Obama on his recent US trip (vacation?) he’s doubling down on this. Now our courts are racist & out institutions are racist & everyone who isn’t him is racist & only he can save us from ourselves. Easier to scream racism at everyone than deal with the disasters his policies are causing.

- The Rebel was targeted by Trudeau & his puppet master Butts because The Rebel is actually opposing them & they can’t really do much about without making themselves look like the petty dictators they long to be. The Rebel doesn’t have funding to cut off or advertisers to go after. Going after Facebook to clamp down on The Rebel has the possibility of backfiring. Calling The Rebel “Nazis” & hoping people will be afraid to tune in is all they have left. It will backfire.
commented 2018-02-14 10:35:19 -0500
Ralph Goodale responded with Trudeau-isms recently when he responded to my e-mail concerning ISIS terrorists walking among us. I sent the e-mail in December and copied the PM. Seems I wasn’t the only person who expressed outrage.
commented 2018-02-14 10:26:16 -0500
Great comments all
One of the biggest problem we face is ever increasing taxes on everything.
Carbon tax on GST tax All the kids are taught in school corporations are bad and pay no tax. Yes big corporations are a small percentage of the business in Canada. Most corporations are less than 12 people. They are small business that make up most of the evil corporations. They are the real job creators and their employees also pay tax. They incorporate their business otherwise the taxes would make it impossible to do business anywhere in Canada.
These are the supposed tax cheats turdo is after. Lowering taxes would create jobs and compensate for the minimum wadge. Unfortunately This government does not understand economics. Rather than lower taxes they give billions away and import oil 800,000 barrels a day into oil rich Canada.
While our oil, coal, wood ,minerals, stay in the ground billions dollars and jobs are sent out of the
country to some of the worst places on earth. The attacks on our rights and freedoms continues.
turdo you may think only a few people are rebels you will be proven wrong. If you think by calling Canadians names you know the the ones who love this country and believe in free speech and less government interference in their lives. Come after the Rebel see what happens.
commented 2018-02-14 10:21:24 -0500
“Peter Netterville Netterville commented 2018-02-13 22:41:36 -0500 Just look at Andrew’s and James’ comments as evidence of that. Funny that those who cry that Christians “push” their religion on others for even talking about their faith are guilty of using the power of government to force their ideology on others. And they are too stupid to grasp the hypocrisy."

The Constitution is ideological now? Is it “fascist” to request that official government subsidies not go towards advocacy of an unconstitutional position?

“Drew Wakariuk commented 2018-02-14 01:31:34 -0500
Commenters like Andrew will deflect and deny reality once again after smart people said this would happen. "
It hardly takes a genius to predict a transient pullback after a year of startling growth. It’s not much different than the stock market pullback – things got ahead of themselves.

What did I say that was wrong? Why? Let’s see your work – just declaring that you don’t like something and therefore it must be wrong, doesn’t work. If you have a problem with one of my claims, let me know which one, and I’ll show my work.

Alberta did indeed lose part-time jobs, but it created nearly as many full time ones to replace them – so the total employment in Alberta was essentially flat (it dropped by 5k, but margin of error is 10k, so that’s not significant). Quebec lost tens of thousands of part time jobs too, despite not having a minimum wage hike. I’m not disputing the claims, merely the conclusions – if the minimum wage is a problem, why did Quebec lose so many?
“Drew Wakariuk commented 2018-02-14 01:30:40 -0500
Andrew Stephenson with another load of hogwash to deflect from the truth. Hey Andrew did you get my response about the SUPREME COURT ordering the Harper government NOT TO ENFORCE THE LAW over injection sites? Please tell me again how that is them following the law? " No. I didn’t see it. Where is it? Again, the Supreme Court does not remove laws from the books when they’re overruled., so ordering non-enforcement until the government revises the legislation is pretty standard procedure.
commented 2018-02-14 10:03:03 -0500
Baby Doc Trudeau, time and time again, proves himself to be the Fool on Parliament Hill; bewildered by facts and creating a separate reality in his confused mind. Unfortunately, most of his Cabinet and backbenchers follow his lead.

Can Canada survive the next 18 months? Can Andrew Scheer get his act together? Are we doomed to four additional years of social and financial virtue signalling?
commented 2018-02-14 06:28:13 -0500
This is what happens when you let inexperienced people (Lieberals) run the government. The Clown Prince Trudeau and his band of merry thieves have no business experience what so ever. Yet. some delusional people seemed to think it was a good idea to elect them. I don’t think Canada can survive “Trudy’s” full term.
commented 2018-02-14 03:56:42 -0500
Ezra wasn’t quite fair to the PM regarding the ISIS comment. The PM was trying to say, that if a former ISIS person renounced violence (and maybe the totalitarian ideology of islam), then they would be a powerful voice against islamic jihadism.
commented 2018-02-14 02:02:46 -0500
Writing a letter to the prime minister? What a waste of time. You are better off bad mouthing him on the internet.
commented 2018-02-14 01:31:34 -0500
Commenters like Andrew will deflect and deny reality once again after smart people said this would happen.
commented 2018-02-14 01:31:00 -0500
Funny i thought a Utopia was in the making. LMAO!
commented 2018-02-14 01:30:40 -0500
Andrew Stephenson with another load of hogwash to deflect from the truth. Hey Andrew did you get my response about the SUPREME COURT ordering the Harper government NOT TO ENFORCE THE LAW over injection sites? Please tell me again how that is them following the law?