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 2016-01-21 18:46:01 -0500
This is what I said :
“And I know about the social cost of the layoffs. The spiking crime rates, the jump in food bank usage, the rise in rates of suicide. Our communities are unravelling because of low oil prices and bad government policy.”

There is a social cost to a bad economy.
commented 2016-01-21 18:29:55 -0500
Well, it seems only fitting that he should honour them.
After all, they all worked long and hard for him during the election.
commented 2016-01-21 18:27:50 -0500
@ Peter Netterville

Can’t gat a better steak than in Alberta either…
commented 2016-01-21 18:16:07 -0500
Sam young, prove it. Prove the NDP don’t have a hand in those things, at least indirectly. Prove it.
commented 2016-01-21 18:15:25 -0500
I have noticed that my challenges to Michael Mann and Sean Penson have gone unanswered, which proves my point that they are intellectually inferior to the conservative crowd that posts here. You two little boys should go post on the CBC where they are at your level. This website is for the adults.
commented 2016-01-21 18:01:49 -0500
The NDP are not responsible for causing suicides, or even an increase in crime. These are the kinds of moronic arguments that leftists use. Sheila, you are an idiot, and I will not be reading your book. You make the right wing sound stupid.
commented 2016-01-21 17:39:13 -0500
He’s a citiot…from Quebec mo less. What more can we expect from him but to be disappointed.
commented 2016-01-21 17:35:34 -0500
Sean Penson, maybe I should rephrase my question so that it is more specific:

Why should Alberta reject the non-renewable resource industry of oil and gas and embrace a green enviro-economy?
commented 2016-01-21 17:23:20 -0500
Sean Penson, are you capable of carrying on an intelligent conversation rather than your unsupported one liners?
commented 2016-01-21 17:21:13 -0500
Michael Mann said, " … especially when Alberta is forever holding on to old concepts and dying industries. "

The oil industry is not a dying industry. Only the limited minds of the leftist ecofreaks think this. The entire planet uses oil and there is not one whit of evidence that the oil industry is slowing down in its consumption.

If you have credible evidence to the contrary, post it here for us all to see.
commented 2016-01-21 17:18:22 -0500
Alberta must reject natural non-renewable resources and embrace a green enviro-economy
commented 2016-01-21 17:17:32 -0500
@ Tout Uncomon

Thank you! Nice to hear the occasion nice comment about Alberta. We hear so very much bashing Alberta that it gets discouraging after a while.
commented 2016-01-21 17:17:22 -0500
Michael sweetie;
If Toronto brings in money , that’s good, I like to see people paying their own way. I’d like to see Ontario with it’s green socialist do the same and not have to depend on Albertans.

PS: the hypocrisy is still very glaring; just saying.
commented 2016-01-21 17:16:07 -0500
if by the texas of Canada you mean the most free and wonderful place to live yes yee ha indeed . so much better than the Havana of Canada home to the biggest pride parades
commented 2016-01-21 17:12:56 -0500
Sorry – Alberta as the best province to live in.
commented 2016-01-21 17:12:49 -0500
Charleton said, “I’ve noticed several Alberta liscence plates around here lately Makes me wonder.”

Where is “here”?
commented 2016-01-21 17:11:05 -0500

Hey, money is money – no one is going to say no to that. And do you really think Canada would be just fine if Ontario and Montreal blew up? Hell the only reason why the rest of the world knows Canada even exists is because of Toronto.

Do you know how much money Toronto brings in just on tourism alone? And it’s never Alberta being named as the best city in Canada to live or even the best city in the world to live per various worldwide ranking lists – it’s always Toronto.

Toronto is viewed as a world class city. Alberta is viewed as the Texas of Canada. Yee Haw!
commented 2016-01-21 17:08:25 -0500
can one of the leftist intellectual elites please tell us uneducated rubes in alberta how to diversify our economy? I keep asking but so far no answer. I guess Gerald has not told them yet maybe when we vote liberal we will receive the message.
commented 2016-01-21 17:04:57 -0500
Well said Steven!
commented 2016-01-21 16:52:16 -0500
Michael Mann,
What is unfortunate is, that unaccomplished, inconsequential lefties like you, hypocritically rely on the labour of hard working Albertans, in the form of transfer payments, to pay for and subsidize their lefty, feel good programs as well as their incompetence.
You may have had a point, had the hypocrisy not been so glaring. As it stands, the only point is on the top of your pinhead. TOOL
commented 2016-01-21 16:43:41 -0500

Please show when I said that I support the rape and abuse of women. I will wait.

On The Rebel, it seems if you don’t hate Muslims across the board – you are a supporter of Isis, Islam and Sharia Law.

It’s actually quite disgusting how many people here are not real Canadians – but fear and war mongering wannabe gun loving Americans living in Canada that want to kill all Muslims.
commented 2016-01-21 16:36:47 -0500

Job loss is not some new concept, especially when Alberta is forever holding on to old concepts and dying industries. Adapt or die. This is Alberta’s wake up call. Join the 21st century, you shit kickers.
commented 2016-01-21 16:21:12 -0500
As a person from the Greater Toronto Area, I’d like to state how disappointed, saddened and a bit scared I am of what I see going on in Alberta, it is a fantastic place full of natural wonders that holds something for everyone, weather it be skiing the slopes of the world famous Banff national park, or the incredible sightseeing in Jasper (I love Mount Edith Cavell and the otherworldly glacial lake there) for someone who has travelled a large part of the world I can honestly say it has quickly become one of my favorite places (I’m sure Leonardo DiCaprio would agree). I have many friends there who are super smart people, they are engineers who build classic cars and even prop planes in their spare time, many of them are pilots who fly for Air Canada and on the whole are decent, resourceful, good people.
I think the rest of Canada will rue the day Alberta becomes a have-not like we’ve become here in Ontario, the benifit a of a healthy Albertan economy is, and always will be, a vital part of a successful Canada.
commented 2016-01-21 16:19:29 -0500
The world really needs to focus on the economic terrorism Saudi Arabia is doing. No more arms for them, and for fk sake dont buy their oil Trudeau.
commented 2016-01-21 16:14:40 -0500
He is concerned about losing “cheer leaders” but like his POS father he does not give a damn about western Canada

He will drive a huge wedge into the heart of this country
commented 2016-01-21 16:07:25 -0500
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?
commented 2016-01-21 15:59:20 -0500
I’ve noticed several Alberta liscence plates around here lately Makes me wonder.
commented 2016-01-21 15:55:25 -0500
It’s not going to be so pretty with Trudeau at the helm. Harper also faced a world wide recession and we suffered very little. Get ready for the big hurt under Liberals and the NDP. You would never know anyone is in charge of helping Albertans since NDP police is counter productive and the Liberals are gone missing. Oh yeh he is bringing 25.000 blood suckers to the land of plenty.
commented 2016-01-21 15:54:13 -0500
Trudeau has his priorities straight.
So, no relief for Alberta on transfer payments from Alberta. I guess that means one of two things. You can’t get blood from a stone, or Notely is going to rob Peter to pay Paul, and Alberta’s debt will just go higher and higher until it implodes. Way to make Alberta pay, eastern fascists, your day of reckoning is near.

Peter Netterville, you got that right.
commented 2016-01-21 15:53:18 -0500
Andrew, if we are talking about the “exact sort of everybody-is-equal PC communism”, and your implication is that we Albertans don’t believe in that “everybody-is-equal PC communism” so why should we care, then I guess to follow your logic we are superior because us Albertans have been supporting the rest of Canada through tens of thousands of jobs both direct in the oil patch and spin off jobs and through Provincial Equalization far more that our population. We have been pulling far, far more than out weight in this confederation, so we ARE superior to you left wing idiots. But occasional acknowledgement to that end would appreciated.