Today Statistics Canada released new unemployment numbers. Every single province in Canada either stayed the same or got better.
For example, Ontario’s unemployment rate held steady at 6.4 per cent. Quebec’s fell to 6.2 per cent. Things are doing well everywhere — except Alberta.
Alberta’s unemployment rate jumped from 8.5 per cent to 8.8 per cent. That means 24,000 full-time jobs were vaporized last month. Nearly 1,000 a day.
Oil prices aren’t to blame. They’re rebounding. $55 dollar a barrel, and that’s in U.S. dollars. That’s $72 a barrel Canadian. Of course, our Alberta oilmen don't get paid world prices, because of the shortage of pipeline capacity. But still — oil is recovering. You can’t blame world prices.
Look at other oil jurisdictions. Texas — 4.6 per cent unemployment. North Dakota — 3 per cent unemployment.
By the way: This week Trudeau gave $400 million in corporate to Bombardier.
And that money comes from Alberta taxpayers, from the province’s equalization payments.
Oh, one last thing:
What does the state broadcaster have to say about this disaster?
Here’s their tweet:
"Fake news" much?