August 13, 2016

Vicious cycle: How NDP policies caused Calgary’s record level business closures

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

At 8.6%, Calgary’s unemployment rate is among the highest in Canada’s larger cities. Up 0.7% and the highest it’s been in 22 years, from July 2015 to 2016, 104,000 full time jobs have been lost in Alberta not counting contractors and consultants.

Food bank usage is up with first time users up by 60,000 and food hamper distribution up almost 10,000.

Personal insolvencies are up 37% from last year and it’s not just restricted to oilfield workers.

When people are out of work, they stop buying extras which leaves businesses with no choice but to close because they’re not making any profit.

Oil prices are low but unfriendly business policies brought in by the NDP have driven investors away, causing more job losses which then get passed on to businesses

Calgary will see at least 7,100 business closures this year. Last year’s total was 5,865 but in just the first seven months of this year, 4,114 businesses have closed their doors.

We haven’t seen the worst yet since every policy the government has implemented hits businesses.

The NDP drove investments away by increasing corporate taxes in a recession, they increased property taxes forcing some businesses to close their doors, they implemented a minimum wage hike on already strapped businesses and now with the looming carbon tax, the worst is yet to come.

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commented 2016-08-16 00:55:03 -0400
Wow. Completely ruin an entire province in one measly year!!

Cameron. Wow, thanks for displaying Lefty Psychosis for us!!
commented 2016-08-15 15:50:43 -0400
Same is happening in Saskatchewan. With a conservative government… It’s the wealthy not hard working Canadians doing this. The oil companies paid over 1 trillion dollars to shareholders one year ago. Y
commented 2016-08-15 15:50:43 -0400
Same is happening in Saskatchewan. With a conservative government… It’s the wealthy not hard working Canadians doing this. The oil companies paid over 1 trillion dollars to shareholders one year ago. Y
commented 2016-08-14 20:25:02 -0400
It is happening in Ontario as well.

Sold my business to an off shore company last week.

I sent 12 jobs that way as well.

I refuse to be continually raped while the elites live so well.
commented 2016-08-14 17:52:11 -0400
Rachel is also scamming us by using taxpayer’s money – your money- to prostitute her climate change/global warming ideology that appears on emails.
commented 2016-08-14 16:42:17 -0400
I see a problem with solar energy cells occupying sections of land. Where ever there is an area with convection, they will also produce violent storms even with tornado power punches. You can blame the noonoonuloonoos and their leader Nutley for this.
commented 2016-08-14 15:28:31 -0400
There is a company from ontari-owe that is looking to by huge plots of land in east south east Alberta to put up vast amounts solar panels. You can be sure it is a friend of one of the ndp parasites that nutley brought in from the east to destroy this province while lining their own pockets. All this paid for by the tax payers.
commented 2016-08-14 11:57:31 -0400
In Three Hills, the Capital Newspaper says, Kronos Solar Panels being considered to be put on PRIME AGRICULTURAL LAND on an entire Section. This German company is waiting for this evil nutley to subsidize a foreign German company with our hard earned tax money. This never be given to a German firm, Canadian firm should have these contacts, not foreign firms. BUT THEY SHOULDN’T BE GOING UP AT ALL. 3 OTHER PROJECTS ARE BEING CONSIDERED AS WELL IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. CAN’T BELIEVE ANY OF THESE SCAMMY, DON’T WORK GARBAGE STILL WILL BE GOING UP, I’M SO DAMN MAD. EVEN SUNCOR IS GOING TO TAKE TAXPAYERS MONEY TO SCAM US.
commented 2016-08-14 11:40:39 -0400
That’s what happens when you have two strong right factions… The noonoonuloonoos will win every time!
commented 2016-08-14 11:16:23 -0400
Oil prices are about the same as when Klein was in power and he retired Alberta’s debt, and built an 18 billion dollar rainy day fund which the PC’s blew through in about four years when it wasn’t even raining. The economy was excellent under Klein as well, with job growth not job loses. The problems are Nutly, Trudeau, Obama and that other leftist loon in BC. Who all cater to the criminal treehugger eco terrorist outfits for hire.
commented 2016-08-14 11:04:08 -0400
@ Keith Richards commented 13 hours ago
You have guns Alberta – learn how to use them on politicians.

The threat level to Nutley is the highest of any Canadian provincial politician EVER! Maybe if police where a little more ethical in their purposes – like preventing crime – CRIMEs being committed by politicians are completely overlooked – but just short your tax return a few hundred $$, or get caught smoking a joint – or God forbid – say anything publicly about barbaric Islam and your ass goes to jail! The biggest crimes being committed is by politicians – TREASON is a crime – and when more $$ and time are being spent protecting this madness than protecting the populace – kind makes one wonder if the police themselves are complicit in this madness.

As for rallies and demonstrations – like Deborah Graupner has pointed out – conservatives are the people who keep things running – just don’t have time to go to rallies which this Nutley gong show has shown absolute contempt for anyway. Remember how this witch handled Sheila in the Alberta legislature – well Nutley would love to turn her security detail loose on any noisy conservative – but as time passes – I am sure someone will become despondent enough to line their sights – just hope the job is completed! .
commented 2016-08-14 10:11:15 -0400
Alberta/Calgary will bounce back when president Trump opens up the pipeline – and Calgarians host a tar and feather farewell party for Nenshi.
commented 2016-08-14 09:58:47 -0400
The MSM have been bought and paid for by our governments, and are receiving money from the UN. Any conservative message is being twisted for their purpose of the one world agenda. Another problem is that most conservatives don’t like to lay around and complain or make waves. That is the difference between the mentality of the losers and the winners. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Conservatives are a tough lot by nature!
commented 2016-08-14 01:14:27 -0400
Bravo Zulu commented 4 hr ago—a lot to undo once the trash has been thrown out.
Why wait till the NDP is thrown out? Pick a Newspaper that favors the NDP’s BS. Stats say Alberta is 60% Right Leaning. A Newspaper can only get revenue in two ways; selling papers and advertising. Have everyone possible boycott the paper until it changes management or it goes under.
With the MSM on the NDP’s side, it is going to be difficult to change Governments. Just look at the CBC fighting for Trudeau and the Liberals.
commented 2016-08-14 00:14:07 -0400
I see a few comments that Albertans should take action. There was a sizeable protest rally back in March of this year at the legislature. Two petitions with 80,000 signatures were handed in to the Lt Governor. One petition was to stop Bill 6 Farmer Workplace Safety and the other was Bill 20 Climate Leadership Plan (Carbon Tax). The petitions did not get to Notley’s desk as far as I know and Notley refuses to meet with Alberta First organization. I believe George Clarke was planning some kind of legal action and has continued to follow and criticize government activity and decisions on a regular basis. I attended the rally in March and met George. He is a good guy who is fighting for Alberta and he is hated by many in the NDP world. I believe he is now affiliated with Jason Kenney.

Alberta has not hit bottom yet but is definitely headed in that direction. When the electricity charges start to increase due to cancelled power contracts, turbine/panel purchases, carbon tax on 1 Jan 2017, increase of minimum wage, possibility of Trudeau GST increase and/or carbon tax, I think some people who have no place to go will increase crime, food bank useage, welfare, ie, nothing good. I believe Notley is also planning to change the electoral boundaries so that the NDP can take advantage of their strength in Edmonton and Calgary and reduce the effectiveness of the rural vote which has already been attacked with Bill 6.

Notley truly is a psychopathic bitch from hell.
commented 2016-08-13 23:17:33 -0400
There may be an EI strike coming as well, that should make everything even better in commie land.
commented 2016-08-13 22:15:43 -0400
Environmentalists are stopping all pipelines, we have to copy their tactics and stop this evil nutley from putting any solar panels or grotesque windmills from EVER GOING UP AT ALL, NO WINDMILLS, NO WINDMILLS, NO SOLAR PANELS, NO SOLAR PANELS AT ALL, NOT A ONE.
commented 2016-08-13 22:11:41 -0400
Don’t see any revolts or protests yet, I guess people are NOT hurting enough to take to the streets and to their corrupt garbage mla’s. Too bad because evil nutley is SURE HAVING AN EASY TIME OF DESTROYING ALBERTA. Shame, shame, what the heck will it take to organize a rally, let’s get with it folks. Don’t tell me the ranchers and farmers are the Only ones with spunk and backbone…
NDP Sucks – in Three Hills, an entire section is being readied to put into this gabage solar panels, farmers won’t be able to stop this, unless the area forms a militia like the environmentalists do and stop anyone from going into their PRIME LAND. A GERMAN FIRM GOT A 20 YEAR CONTRACT, IMAGINE A GERMAN FIRM REAPING ALL THE TAXPAYERS MONEY.
commented 2016-08-13 21:47:48 -0400
Removed for violating rule:Be civil. No personal attacks.
commented 2016-08-13 21:19:48 -0400
When desperation sets in, that’s when you will see what happens under a communist regime. Just look to what has become of Venezuela, to see what our current crop of losers has in store for not just AB, but all of Canada. They will bankrupt our country, and over run it with Islamic terrorists, for the UN, to destroy any culture that existed prior to these traitors taking office. All western democracies are under attack for the UN’s one world agenda, orchestrated by people who should never have been elected, because they are narcissistic psychopaths, who want total control, at whatever cost. Our way of life is being snuffed out for Islam. Just watch the madman in Turkey, who is conspiring with Merkel and Obama for the agenda.
commented 2016-08-13 21:02:42 -0400
Nice going Notley!!!!! When the going gets rough, Notley gets tougher. What leader in their right mind increases corporate taxes which drive investors away….increases the minimum wage which business owners either lay off people or try to stick it out only to finally declare bankruptcy, on & on. Why is Notley doing this, is she so concerned about her fake global warming that she is willing to sacrifice everything Albertans have worked so hard to achieve. Is she getting her marching orders perhaps from some foreigner who made their fortune from oil but now want to take down everyone else trying to make a living from that precious reserve. This is like a bad movie or a nightmare you’ve just woken from. What baffles me also is why Albertans are taking this sitting down. She is slowly destroying the province that is her home & earns her living & getting paid an above average salary to boot & I don’t hear or see any kind of pushback. The Rebel staff & it’s’ members seem to be doing more by donating for billboards, signing petitions & frankly I’m getting tired of it. If they don’t even want to try, then why should I. I don’t even live in Alberta but it sickens me to see what’s happening.
Holly, good report as always & the numbers you quote are very concerning indeed.
commented 2016-08-13 20:36:28 -0400
Don’t count on it Bravo Zulu. If the two right factions don’t get their shit together the NDP will have an easy victory. When that happens God forbid, we only have ourselves to blame.
commented 2016-08-13 20:32:56 -0400
And the dippers raping Alberta are enjoying a trudeauesque life style.

They will never resign as popularity drops – they know they will never be back again.

A lot to undo once the trash has been thrown out.
commented 2016-08-13 19:56:56 -0400
Daryl Herman – I agree, the percentage is all wrong. AB had a lot of contractors that aren’t included in the unemployment figures. It’s all a mirage and we are definitely in the 30% range. This reminds of the early 80’s, but at least we had a conservative government back then. Now we have a communist that constantly lies to and deceives the public at every turn, with the help of the lying MSM. One day she, and those involved in the destruction of capitalism and wealth, will have to account for their traitorous ways, and leaders will be held to a higher account. She’s conspiring with Trudeau and Wynnie, the biggest traitors in the country. I hope she chokes on the money that her and her privileged elite friends are stealing from AB and CDN families!
commented 2016-08-13 19:37:27 -0400
Holly, that 8.6% is a very FALSE number!! It’s more likely close to 28%!! Donald Trump explains exactly (during his speech to the NAHB – just last week) how these false figures are promoted by the governments to make things sound less tragic than reality. Once people have exhausted their EI benefits – and still haven’t found work – these people are expunged from the statistic rolls.
One thing is definite – this Lunatic Nutley and her band of ugly, ignorant bandits need to be expelled NOW!! …and held accountable for the damage done!
commented 2016-08-13 18:39:50 -0400
If we assume that the trend of job losses continues, then we will see about 410,000 full time job losses by the time the next election rolls around.

In a province of 4,146,000 total population (2014 – before the destroyers), 400K job losses is an extremely serious issue.
commented 2016-08-13 18:39:25 -0400
I am a business owner and run a business in Calgary. Because my business relies on real estate investors, I have seen over a 50% drop in my business. And I don’t think it’s over. It’s a shame. In a city and province I love I may have to leave if business gets worst. Right now I am debating Kamloops or Regina to move my business to. I used to work in a province that was the envy of North America. Because of the NDP policies Alberta does not have the “Alberta Advantage” anymore. You can also socialists in disguise Ed Stelmach and Alison Redford and “fight the right” dividers Danielle Smith and Jim Prentice. There you have it.
commented 2016-08-13 17:51:28 -0400
If Calgary is bad, the rest of the province is worse. With the worst yet to come. The rest of this year and next will finish off most people and businesses. Where I used to work before I retired, they’ve cut two days out of the week, and with hour cuts, they’ve cut the hours in half. With incomes going down, and prices going up, a lot of people are looking at leaving, including myself.
commented 2016-08-13 17:03:52 -0400
We need to make sure that no good Nenshi, the current mayor of Calgary, is ousted in the upcoming municipal election in 2017. That loser needs to go! He’s Notley’s partner in the destruction of businesses in Calgary!