February 15, 2017

Only Alberta’s jobless numbers are up (and it’s still not about oil)

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

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?

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commented 2017-02-16 09:03:42 -0500
The C.B.C. the suck P.M.from QUE. and Notley are run by union goons .
commented 2017-02-15 16:15:36 -0500
Trudeau and Notley
A meeting of the “NO” Minds
That pink hat suits him.
commented 2017-02-15 15:54:58 -0500
I’ve come to the humorous conclusion that in this current “social license” atmosphere the only way to build a pipeline or resource/energy mega-project is to set up 5 or 6 separate companies, and over a 5-10 year period build a series of small stretches of pipeline over the distance of a few counties, and then at 2am on a weekday night sometime, when no one’s looking, connect them all together! “Oh look, we got here a one million barrel a day oil pipeline route to the coast, isn’t that nifty how that turned out!!!”
commented 2017-02-15 13:53:57 -0500
@ David White

I am glad my comment expressed your pent up feeling.

I did not express my true feelings. My account would probably be deleted or at least my comment would be deleted. What I really want to say would make a sailor blush and would probably land me in jail.
commented 2017-02-15 13:40:57 -0500
@ Donald

That video practically mirrors Canada to a tee. Frighteningly accurate.
commented 2017-02-15 13:21:51 -0500
Some may have seen or heard of this presentation given by former Governor Richard Lamm , Colorado dating back to 2003. With small variations, it does parallel what happened in Europe and what we are looking at here in Canada.

commented 2017-02-15 12:46:34 -0500
Thanks PETER for expressing my pent up feelings. I liken myself to the old AC/DC tune containing the lyrics " I’m TNT, I’m DYNAMITE". I’m like a pressure cooker getting ready to explode. The provincial mess here in Alberta, and the federal frat party that masquerades as our government in Ottawa…..Is it any wonder that many of us do take this personally.

Good posts KEVIN and SALLY as well.
commented 2017-02-15 12:24:38 -0500
Agree with all below. The PM continues to import oil from the Saudies 12 billion a year.
driving tankers half way round the world and up the ST.Lawrence. No carbon tax for them. Canada is also selling the Saudies military equipment. He will not lift a finger except his middle one ( like SR. did) to help Alberta. Western separation would be a good legacy for Justin. the PM that broke up Canada.
commented 2017-02-15 11:53:42 -0500
I agree with what Peter Netterville said 30 minutes ago. It is very hard not to take this personally. Albertans have every right to feel angry. Our gov’t policies are so anti-oil, anti-investment, anti-Alberta, it is impossible to accept the policies of the NDP & Liberal governments if you are an Albertan. Governments are supposed to do what is best for the people, I think our provincial & federal gov’t have forgotten the people of Alberta.
commented 2017-02-15 11:35:33 -0500
I just seen on Facebook a post on not to threaten our fabulous PM because some one was charged What the hell do they expect . He preaches every freaking day how the liberals are for the middle class I and we all say (Bullshit ) .the liberals havnt done one thing to stimulate 1 job in 17 months , our national dept is in the multi billions ,and they have created an even larger west east hate and they wonder why people can’t stand the way our PM and some Preimeirs are doing there jobs .
commented 2017-02-15 11:18:06 -0500
- with the federal Liberals and the Alberta NDP not concerned about the job losses in Alberta,
- with the main stream media not even acknowledging the crisis in Alberta,
- with the Notley carbon tax in place and the Trudeau carbon tax coming,
- with Alberta still having to pay out multi billions in equalization when Alberta is crumbling,
- with the rest of Canada seemingly not concerned and not even taking much notice,
- with the continual attacks on the oil and gas sector in Alberta,
- with the continual attacks against pipelines,
- with the attack on Alberta farmers with this Bill 6 and the CO2 tax,

it is really hard to not take all this rather personally.