February 14, 2018

Labour participation plummets thanks to Liberal policies

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

On last night's show, I reported on the unemployment numbers that came out on Friday.

January 2018 was the worst month for jobs in nine years, 137,000 part-time positions were lost, and the unemployment rate increased to 5.9%.

These statistics are proof that Trudeau's carbon tax and minimum wage hikes in Ontario and Alberta are making Canada a less competitive place for business.

WATCH my video to see the numbers from Statistics Canada for yourself, and to see how Trump's agenda of cutting taxes and burdensome regulations will only make Canada's growing unemployment crisis even worse.

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commented 2018-02-15 08:28:54 -0500
I talked to a fellow yesterday morning who workers for a large auto-parts distribution chain. There were 35 employees in the warehouse/distribution centre where he works, and 9 or 10 of them were laid off within the past month. Management said it could no longer meet its payroll obligations because of Wynne’s wage hikes. A select few of the employees were told that they may be re-hired after the Company has completed an examination of all aspects of its operations. In addition to the lay-offs, shifts have been shortened across the province and retailing/ service hours to the public hours have been cut.

This is the Ontario that 67.24 percent of the electorate (Liberals, InDeepers, and Greens) voted for in 2014.
commented 2018-02-15 01:48:19 -0500
What has Wynne brought to Ontario that she hasn’t subsidized with taxpayer dollars.?
Nothing.
commented 2018-02-14 23:25:28 -0500
Well Andrew Stephenson the US is still creating jobs every month and Ontario is not.
In fact Ontario job creation took a nose dive the same month minimum wage reform was implemented, just a coincidence?
Sorry but I doubt you are a business owner, I am, and to be competitive operating costs are paramount to survival.
The soft social benefits are nice, but do not make a sound business plan, and you are not going to get a bank loan talking about social justice objectives.
Toronto may still be a consideration for Amazon but unless Wynne throws bags of cash at them they will not chose Ontario. That big sucking sound you hear is investment capital leaving Canada and it isn’t coming back soon. I wish
you were right and I am wrong for everyone’s sake.
commented 2018-02-14 23:02:05 -0500
JAMES SCOTT SCOTT commented 2018-02-14 21:28:22 -0500
Trudeau’s Tax Economy.

It’s funny. The numbers can be spun every which way to Sunday depending on the narrative.
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“Statistics don’t lie but liars use statistics.”
commented 2018-02-14 22:15:36 -0500
The excuses will be coming from the apologists for a long time. At least they cannot blame Alberta this time.
commented 2018-02-14 21:28:22 -0500
Trudeau’s Tax Economy.

It’s funny. The numbers can be spun every which way to Sunday depending on the narrative.
But the truth is, Morneau’s Christmas present to Canadians; announcing how the ecomomy was sailing along beautifully was entirely false. And how the economy has helped the middle income earner. Nope, not buying it.

And the proof is in how many people were still out of work in Dec. Then Jan. His numbers simply did not match reality.
Talk to the people you know if you want the truth.
Go into your local hardware store, grocery store or department store. Check the prices. You tell me if Trudeau’s Class of the Middle are better off.
Check the prices of construction materials used to build your fancy shacks. Steel and all gypsum related products took a major increase Feb 1.
So you don’t need to analyze the numbers to death. Just ask around. Ask yourself if your money is going further than a year ago. (In my case, minimum 2500 bucks less off.
Ask honest people (not socialist media) how the minimum wage increase has affected their business. Especially small business. Take notice of the wait times in your local McDonalds? Timmy’s? Do you think that is because people are so much better off that more people are going to their local Timmy’s? No, it’s because there are less people with feet on the floor.
Meanwhile, even smaller oil companies are heading south. Why? Because it is booming. And that’s a quote.

Learning Trudeau is now an expert in Law, next he’ll be telling an audience he’s lectured in Economics.

Trudeau, his right hand man and the majority of his Cabinet are so inept they are dangerous.
commented 2018-02-14 18:56:03 -0500
“Brian Smith commented 2018-02-14 17:00:38 -0500
“A higher Ontario minimum wage does in fact create jobs”, in the United States, as evidenced by their creation of 200,000 jobs in January, exceeding their goal of 185,000. Public sector jobs do not count as they do not create wealth but rather consume it. Add carbon taxes, higher energy cost, higher transportation cost, higher property taxes, more statutory holidays, health taxes, WSIB, higher gasoline prices, more vacation entitlements……and why are we still in business? "

Actually, I doubt you can attribute any of their job numbers to Canadian policy, considering the US has been creating 200k jobs a month for, more or less, seven consecutive years.

We’re still in business because cost is only one consideration to corporate operations. In our case, public healthcare is a significant cost offset, and a skilled labour force, and more business-friendly border policies make us an attractive destination for companies to locate. For example, Amazon’s HQ2 search isn’t for the cheapest place to operate – their top criteria is finding good workers above all else … which is why Toronto’s on their shortlist, and will move even further up if Trump does make recruiting global talent more difficult.
commented 2018-02-14 18:48:12 -0500
Manitoba and Saskatchewan both experienced proportionally worse declines in job losses, and Quebec’s is only slightly better than Ontario’s. None of these provinces had minimum wage hikes.

Meanwhile, although it’s true Alberta lost part time jobs, it created enough full time ones to make up the difference. This is hard to argue negatively.

Moreover, slowly declining participation rates have been a long term feature of our economy, and is purely demographic. Under the first two years of Trudeau, it only declined very slightly, from 66 to 65.8, in line with pre-existing trends – up to this recent report, which is precisely one data point; overinterpretation is dangerous.

“In 2016 Part Times jobs in the USA were at RECORD Highs . . . today . . .
Full Time Jobs in the USA are at Record Numbers . . .
You are aware that black unemployment in the USA is at an ALL TIME LOW !
Thank you Pres Trump ! "

Full time jobs were also at a record high in 2016, and so was black employment – so your claim is openly deceptive. Although true that part time jobs are lower now, the delta’s pretty small, a few hundred thousand, within the range of measurement error.
commented 2018-02-14 17:00:38 -0500
“A higher Ontario minimum wage does in fact create jobs”, in the United States, as evidenced by their creation of 200,000 jobs in January, exceeding their goal of 185,000. Public sector jobs do not count as they do not create wealth but rather consume it. Add carbon taxes, higher energy cost, higher transportation cost, higher property taxes, more statutory holidays, health taxes, WSIB, higher gasoline prices, more vacation entitlements……and why are we still in business?
commented 2018-02-14 16:47:37 -0500
There is no problem with a higher wage as long as it happens naturally as a result of a healthy economic climate, without government mandate. What comes first, the good wage or the healthy economic climate?
Robert Burns, I will tell you, the answer is a HEALTHY ECONOMIC CLIMATE.

Furthermore, if a business is flourishing in a healthy economic climate and they refuse to meet the demands of the market with competitive wages , employees will go where else where. They will lose their work force .

But I will agree with one thing you say, this flooding the country with migrants which as you point out started well before Justin, helps nothing and with a hobbled economy they are a huge burden on the country.
commented 2018-02-14 15:12:10 -0500
“Im my opinion a high min wage creates jobs .”

Sure, ROBERT BURNS. So if $15 per hour is good, $40 per hour would be just fantastic, right?
commented 2018-02-14 14:37:44 -0500
Minimum wage increases are job killers and so are Trade deals and treaties!
commented 2018-02-14 14:28:24 -0500
Robert . . . no one drove more Businesses and Jobs out of Ontario than did the McGuinty/Wynne gang. Today . . . meanwhile, Justine is turning ALL of Canada into Ontar-i-owe . . .
High Minimum Wages = fewer Entry Level Jobs, More Automation and fewer opportunities.
Australia is not a model for any country in North America or Europe . . . and we have decades of data that demonstrates that minimum wage increases usually by far-left regimes only damage business and reduce Entry Level Job opportunities.

Minimum wage is NOT a destination Robert . . . it is an Opportunity to get into the work force and learn skills.

Report: California’s $15 Minimum Wage Will Destroy 400,000 Jobs
https://reason.com/blog/2017/12/18/report-californias-15-minimum-wage-will

Why Raising The Minimum Wage Kills Jobs
https://www.forbes.com/sites/williamdunkelberg/2012/12/31/why-raising-the-minimum-wage-kills-jobs/#52a888181b6e

In 2016 Part Times jobs in the USA were at RECORD Highs . . . today . . .
Full Time Jobs in the USA are at Record Numbers . . .
You are aware that black unemployment in the USA is at an ALL TIME LOW !
Thank you Pres Trump !
commented 2018-02-14 12:56:37 -0500
Im my opinion a high min wage creates jobs .Australia has a high min wage and 4 weeks paid holiday every year and a 5.5 % unemployment rate check this video out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ81oGEmE4I&t=8s � and by the way I usually vote conservative…in My business I always paid 2 dollars above the min wage. Also check out this link the devastating effect of the free trade agreements the Tories signed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HyIEYZOPMs&t=420s that’s why trump won the last election…the jobs are coming back from the slum countries…theirs not a washer or dryer or radio built in canada anymore we need our jobs back from these slum countries….those partime jobs where lost mostly because of christmas alberta created 72,000 jobs the largest in their history…the conservatives in the republican party cannot stand trump and if they had their way their would be no jobs coming back to the states…trump is not a conservative he is a centralist….i like the rebel but you are wrong on this one.try to live on $2.00 dollars an hour like they do in some states…or toronto on $10.00 an hour….the cons brought in 100 of thousands of third world workers to suppress canadian wages….sleeping in basements….the manufacturing industry in canada like the states is ruined because of these evil free trade agreements…our middle class is at about 40 percent compared to 60 percent years ago…thanks in part to these free trade agreements ask Mark Latham about the min wages in Australia.$18 dollars an hour for a mcdonald’s worker and the burger is about 75 cents more…4 weeks paid vacation and they have about a 5 percent unemployment rate and never went through the last big recession…as a pro life christian i find attacking min wage workers disgusting.my family will not be voting for the cons in the next election if they attack family benefits like they have done in the past.my opinion tim hortons is a bully company they are just greedy for more of a profit on the backs of their poor workers…you have to ask for a sleeve for your hot coffee and a napkin.they used to have bakers in store they got rid of most of them now their outsourced…. selection is small and they complain about a buck an hour more for their hard working employees……they should move to a slum country where they make a buck a day sure they would do well…lol… and biz does not create jobs customers do.