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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