January 21, 2016

Trudeau tweets sympathy for Postmedia layoffs -- but not the 100K Albertans out of work?

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

Prime Minister Trudeau sent out a tweet of sympathy yesterday about the layoffs that took place at Postmedia newspapers across the country.

He tweeted "Journalists are vital to our democracy. I'm saddened to hear of the cuts at Postmedia today and my thoughts are with those affected."

That’s kind of him. 90 people were laid off. Everyone of those people has a family and bills and dreams for the future. I absolutely hate hearing about layoffs. The problem is I hear about them in one form or another just about every day. I cover them as part of my work. I document the massive staff cuts in the energy sector and it’s hard for me because those people aren't just a number at Cenovus, Husky or Weatherford. They're my friends and neighbours.

But here's what stuck out for me: Trudeau has never expressed any sympathy for the 100k Albertans who are out of work because of low oil prices, lack of market access for our resources and tax hikes on job creators.

There were no sympathetic tweets from Trudeau the day Shell cancelled it's Carmon Creek project, killing 1450 Alberta jobs. And there were no thoughts for the 1400 people laid off from Husky after it posted a $4.1 billion loss.

It's not just Alberta job losses that are flying under the Liberal Party of Canada's radar.

Let's look at Sussex, NB. Yesterday, the same day as the Postmedia layoffs, Potash Corp announced it would be closing its Piccadilly mine there. This will mean 430 people are going to be unemployed in a town of 4300. That’s one in 10.

But yesterday, Trudeau tweeted about the media party job losses. He says these people are essential for democracy and, I'll admit they are. But maybe Trudeau could spare a little sympathy for the thousands of blue collar Canadians, miners, rig hands, truckers and welders who are losing their jobs every day because our country's economy is in full on meltdown. These people may not be vital to democracy in the way a Laurentian elite like Trudeau thinks. But they sure pay the bills for it.


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commented 2016-01-25 15:48:41 -0500
Why would Trudeau feel sorry for Alberta…Alberta is one of the four provinces that actually support Canada…
commented 2016-01-24 03:23:43 -0500
How am I a leftist? I voted for Harper every chance I had. I have even worked on three separate conservative campaigns. And if I were an American, I would gladly vote for Trump.
commented 2016-01-23 17:08:30 -0500
Also Peter, keep in mind when oil was around $30 a barrel in the 90’s, that was the benchmark. That was the most a company would make on oil and now the benchmark is closer to $100 a barrel, so instead of pulling it out of the ground at high rates and only getting $30 a barrel, they slow production layoff and wait for prices to rise. For a company to report a $4.6 billion loss, isn’t actually a loss. The company has a projected profit of $125 bilion and only made $120.4 billion, so they report a $4.6 billion loss.
Alberta is simply experiencing what the rest of the country has been going through for years. All provinces had higher unemployment rates than Alberta and now it has shifted. Harper didn’t care then either, and being the PM with the worst job creation record in history shows that. You want to see hard times, the maritimes have been forgotten by our government for decades.
commented 2016-01-23 16:40:39 -0500
Peter, the premier was able to keep unemployment down while oil prices were down because they were building a lot of the oil sands refineries at that time. Want a tweet of sympathy after the layoffs, ask Harper because he was the PM when this started. Harper was the PM that put all Canada in this situation.
commented 2016-01-23 10:09:47 -0500
Peter, I think most of Alberta agrees with you.
commented 2016-01-22 20:40:13 -0500
It is so nice to see the two lefties from hell Michael Mann and Sam Young puking all their shit on this site. I agree we really do have to stop reading their crap.
commented 2016-01-22 17:40:43 -0500

If crayons were my preferred writing tool in general, I wouldn’t ask you about writing in crayon, so thanks for confirming that you are an idiot.

What makes you think I give a fuck about the NDP or Notley? Things getting worse before they get better applies across the board – no matter the political party.
commented 2016-01-22 17:40:22 -0500
Sheila has a difficult time understanding the concept of cause and effect. She thinks that there is a bad economy caused by the NDP, so therefore the NDP are responsible for increasing the suicide rate. Or Sheila thinks that there are not enough male teachers in schools, so therefore, that leads to male students dropping out.

This is the kind of crap that gets thought up by somebody who has already made up their mind. They are not looking for the full story. Instead, they are just looking for anything that will back their premature conclusion. This is why I do not take Sheila seriously.

Skip her stupid book. It is not worth it, even if it is free.
commented 2016-01-22 16:50:10 -0500
I think Junior is one of the stupidest people ever to be elected to public office. And my second choice would be Dizzy May!
commented 2016-01-22 16:23:28 -0500
Michael, I understand that crayons are you preferred writing tool. I am an Albertan who has lived through ups and downs in the economy and know it very well. It has never been this bad as it is with these NDP because of these NDP. You will never see the facts that are smacking you in the face because of you blind loyalty to the NDP. And talking to you is like talking to a brick wall, except the brink wall comprehends better. Go find your lover, Rachel Notley, and express your love for her, but we are done talking here. Idiot.
commented 2016-01-22 15:22:57 -0500

What don’t you understand about the concept of things getting worse before they get better? Do I need to draw you a map using crayons?
commented 2016-01-22 13:07:48 -0500
For those of you who continually keep saying that it is only the price of oil that is causing this economic melt down, then here are some actual facts, real data, that prove otherwise.

If Ralph Klein could not only pull Alberta out and debt and leave is in the black but it was all when the price of oil per barrel averaged $34.76 converted to todays’ dollar value and the unemployment rate went down during his tenure. If Ralph can do it, then it proves the NDP are a large contributing factor to the Alberta economic meltdown
Oil prices in relation to Premier of Alberta

Ralph Klein (1993 – 2006)
Oil Price is adjusted for today’s dollar value

Year | Price_ | Unemployment
1993 | $27.39 | %11.36
1994 | $24.94 | %10.74
1995 | $25.96 | %9.77
1996 | $30.78 | %9.21
1997 | $27.43 | %8.42
1998 | $17.26 | %7.89
1999 | $23.42 | %8.68
2000 | $37.54 | %7.79
2001 | $30.68 | %7.03
2002 | $29.92 | %8.02
2003 | $35.55 | %7.25
2004 | $47.04 | %6.5
2005 | $60.44 | %5.6
2006 | $68.27 | %5.06

Average $34.76/barrel (todays’ dollar)


commented 2016-01-22 08:51:26 -0500
But Michael, you still don’t get what people are saying on this website! You can change the economy slowly and responsibly without driving the entire economy into the ground. Now Notey has a problem with financing her green plan.

She could have left the oil industry alone and use the royalties to to pay for the solar panel and wind turbine farms, but now she has to over tax a decreasing and unemployed population.

Why is it that leftie enviroidiots like you and Notley are so blasted stupid? The shift over need to take 40 to 50 years while the oil and gas industry is slowly fazed out and other industries are brought in. Use the existing industry (oil and gas) to fund the changes.

The NDP have to be removed from office before they destroy Alberta. Yes, because of their screwed in the head ideology and not maliciousness, but the end result is still the same, and you, Michael, are the same, you cannot think straight. You cannot see that the economy is tanking and people are losing their jobs in the tens of thousands, well over one hundred thousand now mostly because of the NDP. There are less people for Notley to tax to get her billions to make her half baked green plan work. It is too bad you are too stupid to grasp this. It really is a basic concept, but you have difficulty with it anyway.
commented 2016-01-22 07:58:34 -0500
Sheila clearly has an agenda and facts don’t matter to her. I literally shake my head in disbelief with practically ever video she posts. You could literally drive a truck through the holes in her theories and claims.
commented 2016-01-22 04:06:12 -0500
Don’t think that Sheila will let the truth or sense get in the way of a finger pointing story.
commented 2016-01-22 01:19:04 -0500

I already explained my reasoning. Change of any kind takes time. In most cases 5 to 10 years. Not mere months like Albertans are expecting. And like I said – it often gets worse, before it gets better. This has been proven endlessly.

See the problem with conservatives is that they expect things to be done instantly and if not, they whine about how awful the politician is.

The proof of this is people like you who were attacking Notley in the mere months that she was in power for things that she couldn’t possibly have done in such a small time frame – all the while avoiding the past administration that were fucking up. The reality is that you are still feeling the impact of past politicians. The slate isn’t wiped clean when a new politician takes over. They often have to clean up the mess of a past politician, before they can do ANYTHING.

And now the same is happening with Trudeau. He was JUST elected and The Holiday Season ended not too long ago, so he hasn’t really had the opportunity to do anything – but conservatives have already shit their pants about Trudeau as if he has been in power for a year now.

Change takes time – 5 to 10 years to feel the full impact. Not 4 fucking months on the job in Notley’s case when conservatives were already bitching.

Now you know.
commented 2016-01-22 00:18:22 -0500
And Jimmy … um, I mean Michael, you did not answer my question, “Are you willing to explain your reasoning?”
commented 2016-01-22 00:17:15 -0500
No Michael, I am suggesting that they are letting their ideology drive their action and it is that ideology that is destructive to the economy. I actually do not assign a malicious intent to Notley. I assign a willful ignorance and an intentional refusal to listen to the people of Alberta, thinking she knows best.

The evidence is clear that the actions of the NDP government are making an already bad situation much worse.
commented 2016-01-21 22:23:33 -0500

Are you suggesting that their goal is to do as much damage as possible to Alberta before they get voted out in the next election?
commented 2016-01-21 22:18:16 -0500
Michael said, “The NDP don’t hold any responsibility for any suicides.”

Oh well, if you say so, then it must be true.

“political decisions need to be made for the best of a city or province or state or country and in some cases – job loss is a result as things often get worse before they get better. People with brains know this. "

Now aside from your insult that I have no brains (because you know I disagree with you), do you really truly believe that the NDP have been making the best decisions for our province? And if so, are you willing to explain your reasoning?
commented 2016-01-21 22:14:48 -0500
Sean Penson, do you actually believe your last comment? Are you truly duped by the anthropogenic climate change lie?
commented 2016-01-21 21:05:22 -0500

The NDP don’t hold any responsibility for any suicides. I would say the same thing if it was the Conservative Party was running things in Alberta.

Regardless if you agree or disagree, political decisions need to be made for the best of a city or province or state or country and in some cases – job loss is a result as things often get worse before they get better. People with brains know this.

So if a slew of journalists kill themselves this week – Post Media is at fault by trying to keep their overall business alive and keep a majority of people still employed? If your wife/girlfriend leaves you and you want to kill yourself, is she responsible?

It’s often been said that if someone is willing to kill themselves – there already have a slew of problems and it’s not just one thing (like losing a job) that put them over the top. They were already suffering from depression or had mental health issues prior to losing their job. A happy go-lucky person is not killing themselves over the loss of a job. There is much more at play here when it comes to people who commit suicide.

That is where Sheila is being unprofessional – she shouldn’t have even remotely suggested a connection between the NDP and suicides.
commented 2016-01-21 20:39:57 -0500
You are asking me for proof? All Sheila Gives A Bad Name To The Right Wing Gunn has to say is that bad economics increases suicides, and the NDP created the bad economics, so therefore, the NDP created the spike in suicide rate. You want me to refute that? Fine, I will.

I live in Manitoba, the home of the four terms in a row NDP. And guess what? We have shit loads to blame the NDP for. The flood management. The continued horrible health care system. Child and Family services. The increase in the PST. The unions getting more power. ETC. But as much as people like myself who have never voted for the NDP hate the NDP, none of us blame the NDP for increasing suicide. And we have had the NDP here since 1999.

And yes, our Manitoba economy is horrible. Despite this, even the riffraff are able to adapt without resorting to suicide. They triple dip the system. They beg, sell drugs, and get welfare all at the same time. And when they are done their shift, they pass their panhandle sign to the next person.

In a country like Canada, economics does not become intrusive enough for somebody to want to take their own life. If somebody does take their life because of the government, then it is because that government has done a lot worse than favor an oil free economy. Think of a third world hole, where the government gives your home away to plebians and practices public torture. You people have no idea what communism is, but you all call Alberta communist or socialist.

But then again, how many people that work for the rebel know what they are talking about? People like Sheila are just loud mouthed that pass off their opinions as facts.
commented 2016-01-21 20:23:57 -0500
Peter N,
Obvious reasons: fossil fuels feed carbon emissions, which is bad for climate change. Green energy is the wave of the future, though it may initially cost a little more. We must wean ourselves off of Alberta resources, for our good and well being
commented 2016-01-21 19:54:21 -0500
@ Sheila Gunn

Exactly! I knew you did not say that the NDP directly caused the suicides, but indirectly they hold some responsibility as they are the ones that have trashed the economy. At least that is how I understood it. Correct me if I am wrong.
commented 2016-01-21 19:51:04 -0500
Tout Uncommon said, “Can’t gat a better steak than in Alberta either…”

Ya got that one right! Though I have heard that Texas is a close second. Porterhouse or Prime Rib thick (1 1/2") 24 oz.
commented 2016-01-21 19:48:46 -0500
Why would Trudeau care about Alberta? We threw eggs at his dad and his dad flipped us the bird.
Justin actually stopped Alberta from selling oil abroad due to the West Coast Oil tanker ban, except for Vancouver and Vancouver Island, of course. You can bring it in, but you can’t send it out. FYJT Don’t be fooled anyone. Justin hates anything West of Quebec…..and that is not a joke, or he would not have prevented Alberta Oil from being sold on the west coast.
Now think about this. This guy is actually helping to speed up the death of Alberta Oil. Why? Can someone tell me what this new agenda is going to be? Why cut off wealth to the entire Country? There is something else at work here I think. Why is he not helping Saskatchewan sell their resources. Is there a new income stream into Canada coming from somewhere different?
commented 2016-01-21 19:34:36 -0500

Texas is ranked 14th out of 50 states when it comes to freedom, so no – not the most free and wonderful place to live in the world.

And oh ya, it’s still cool to call black people niggers there, because they are so 21 century in Texas. I wonder what black people would say about their personal freedom in Texas and Alberta for that matter.

Yee haw indeed.
commented 2016-01-21 19:18:05 -0500
@ Lad Reme commented 3 hours ago
Trudeau is an ugly looking phony, I cannot see why, even females, think he is handsome. He dose have nice lips though, good for hot air blowing and maybe Gerald Butts also.

Dose PM stand for Post Mortal?
When the gay boy gets away from his trophy wife and travels with Butts – who do you think is on top?
commented 2016-01-21 18:48:52 -0500
Journalists are vital to Lieberal Hegemony! Lieberals care not a whit about working Canadians except for the money that can be stolen from them!