May 21, 2019

Liberal riding gains government jobs, but at what cost? No really, how much?

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

The Vegreville immigration case processing center officially closed in September of 2018.

The closure, announced in 2016 by the Liberals, meant the central Alberta community would lose over 200 jobs and relocating them to downtown Edmonton.

Documents obtained by Global News in 2017 showed the unexpected move to Edmonton would cost nearly 47 million dollars in renovations and leasing of a new building, while upgrading the existing Vegreville facility would cost just 36 million over the same period of time.

The findings dismantled the oft-cited cost savings excuse the Immigration Minister at the time, John McCallum, used to justify the closure.

Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs isn’t letting the Liberals gut the town in her riding without being held accountable. She asked an order paper question to two separate bureaucracies about the costs to “fit-up” the new Edmonton building to accommodate the new processing facility.

And the responses don't add up. In fact, the responses are completely different and millions of dollars apart.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, “the fit-up cost for the new workspace in Edmonton was $2,903,000.00.”

But according to Public Services and Procurement Canada, the total cost incurred by PSPC for the fit-up of the workspace is $5.3 million. The cost includes $2.5 million to address base building requirements necessary to prepare the space for fit-up and $2.8 million to provide and install the furniture and other materials related to the fit-up”

Which one is it  2.9 million or 5.3 million? What’s the real cost, besides the livelihoods of 200 people in east central Alberta? The Liberals won’t say.

But, for Trudeau, transplanting 200 jobs from a Conservative stronghold to an Edmonton riding the Liberals are danger of losing is priceless.

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commented 2019-05-22 16:31:18 -0400
Correction:

“…stop thinking about future generations ‘and’ decide to let themselves be bought …”
commented 2019-05-22 16:18:15 -0400
“…this is what EVERY DICTATOR DOES…”

For sure. But I look at it differently, JILL and JOHN. Even at the depressing rate of 6 to 4, Canadians in the private sector that support the others still constitute a majority. Yet this majority sits back and allows its ranks to continually erode and its burdens to increase. Every now and then a sufficient percentage of that majority votes for fake conservatives like Ford, Scheer, and Kenney – but at the very best, that only results in an hiatus, never a reversal of the trend.

And then one day in the not-too-distant-future, when too many of that 60 percent stop thinking about future generations decide to let themselves be bought with their own money, we will experience one of those irreversible VENEZUELA MOMENTS.
commented 2019-05-22 13:34:57 -0400
Jamie MacMaster, this is what EVERY DICTATOR DOES and that is continue to increase government worker numbers and offices because they serve them! we the little people end up in the gutters while the government workers live the good life as long as they continue to serve the dictator!
commented 2019-05-22 12:32:59 -0400
It’s stories like this that make me just as angry at the Conservatives as I am at turdo la doo’s Liberals.

I mean, if I get this right, Stubbs would be just fine with more useless bureaucrats as long as they screwed the tax-payer in HER riding.

Here is the math question that never gets asked:

In Canada, 2 out of 10 people in the work force are public sector employees – they get a government pay-cheque. Another one of the ten is working on a contract/project that is completely funded by government, and yet another one is on UIC, WSIB compensation, or a disability pension.

How long can the remaining 6 private sector workers continue to support their own families and the families of the other four?
commented 2019-05-22 11:52:06 -0400
I can do you one better, Sheila. At least Edmonton is getting something by way of jobs for its blind faith and Liberal voting pattern. Here, in northern New Brunswick, the small city of Bathurst where I live has been married to the Liberals for nigh unto a century with nothing to show for it.

It boggles the mind to see people here in Acadie-Bathurst repeatedly vote Liberal even when the region gets nothing for it. The unemployment rate in this region was 16.5 per cent in March this year. Young people – those that remain – are leaving in droves to get jobs anywhere but here. When people do get a job, the average annual take-home salary is only $29,880. Homeowners see virtually no appreciation in value of their biggest investment, their house. The median price of a house here is about $99,000. Economic activity here is almost completely stagnant. Our waterfront’s east side looks like a war zone after an old mill on the waterfront shut down 14 years ago and the property was stripped of all its metal and left with concrete foundations, silos and rubble – and environmental contamination. This has to be one of the few places in Canada where prime waterfront land is in such a pitiful condition.

These are the results in Acadie-Bathurst of voting for parties to the left of the political spectrum at the federal level. Except for two stints during which Progressive Conservatives managed to hold onto the riding for a total of five years, Acadie-Bathurst has been solidly to the left since 1900. The area has voted to the left for more than 100 years. The only significant break from the Liberal stranglehold on Acadie-Bathurst was the election of an amazingly-popular New Democratic Party unionist, Yvon Godin, who held the seat in Ottawa for 18 years straight. His big thing was fighting for more employment insurance.

At the provincial level, the scenario is much the same. I’ve only been able to check back 52 years, more than half a century, in terms of provincial voting patterns but Liberals have held onto Bathurst with an iron grip during all of that time.

A few years ago, I ran for the mayoralty of this small city, promising to cut taxes, make government for efficient and transparent, and promote economic development and job creation. At the time, the City of Bathurst had the highest rate of property taxes in all of New Brunswick and a very high rate of unemployment. The old mill site was a mess. I was confident that anyone in their right mind would want to see the situation improved. I was wrong. In that election, the incumbent crushed me, getting more than three times as many votes as me. Two municipal elections later, the former vice-president of a big company decided to run for the mayoralty on a similar platform and he too suffered the same fate despite spending much more and campaigning extensively.

This is Liberal country. You could be a duck in Bathurst and get elected if you’ve got the backing of the Liberal party. Elsewhere in Canada, like in Alberta, the Liberals try to buy votes with ridiculous decisions to move offices and create jobs. Here, no such promises are necessary. In Acadie-Bathurst, faith in the Liberal party is so strong that people are willing to keep fighting what they see as the good fight in the complete absence of any benefits and to do so for more than a century.

Northern New Brunswick could use a little Albertan common sense – at least when it comes to politics.
commented 2019-05-22 09:02:05 -0400
The fakugees will not stay in rural areas. The free money is not enough. They need better pickings in the cities. The hard working rural people don,t take well to free loaders. They also know they are paying for Trudeau,s special people to sit on their ass.
commented 2019-05-21 22:12:48 -0400
This government is definitely not concerned with saving any taxpayer dollars. No matter the cost as far as Justin is concerned. Justin likes to ‘punish’ those who don’t co operate or bow to him and reward those who he has already bribed to kiss his feet. Of course he is rewarding Edmonton.
commented 2019-05-21 21:28:43 -0400
This is just one of many proofs of how corrupt the Libranos are. And government jobs are like taking buckets of water from the deep end, pouring them into the shallow end, and claiming the pool is being equalized. I believe a child could budget better than our childish government in Ottawa.
commented 2019-05-21 21:07:50 -0400
Well, turns out that calling public employees ‘leeches" has paid off for the Conservatve base, who has had their hypocrisy resolved for them. Isn’t that nice of the Prime Minister to do that?
commented 2019-05-21 18:54:56 -0400
That should be “sweet”, not “sweat” as in “perspiration”.
commented 2019-05-21 18:44:43 -0400
You know what would be really sweet? If Trudeau lost his OWN seat in October. Of course, I don’t expect that to happen, but, MAN, that would be sweet!!!! One can always hope.