April 05, 2019

Where would you build a factory: Trudeau's Canada, or Trump's America?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander


The U.S. jobs numbers are out for March. And they’re amazing.

Over 195,000 new jobs created in America. The unemployment rate is 3.8 per cent.

But here’s my favourite part — I’m reading from the New York Times here, and so you know they hated saying this:

"Average hourly earnings in March were 3.2 percent higher than a year earlier.”

So not only is there a record number of Americans working, but they’re all getting raises — that are double the rate of inflation.

There are now $1.32 trillion in construction jobs on an annualized basis, and growing.

Meanwhile, several Canadian car factories have shut down in recent months. In Oshawa, the GM plant. And now the Fiat Chrysler plant in Windsor. Trump wants to scoop up that work for Americans.

And as I told you earlier this year, Trump signed a new "Buy American" executive order, shutting out all foreign companies from U.S. projects, including huge infrastructure projects.

That barely got a peep in the Canadian media, and I haven’t seen Trudeau or Chrystia Freeland push back against it.

When I wrote my book Ethical Oil almost a decade ago, America was the world’s largest oil importer. Now they’re exporting record amounts — including, perversely, to Canada. Seriously: American exports oil to eastern Canada, by rail, because they won’t let pipelines through from Alberta.

That could have been us. That could have been Canada. But Trudeau and Notley and Horgan and McKenna killed it, because they hate pipelines.

Here's the CBC:

Canada lost 7,200 jobs in March, ending 6-month string of gains

The CBC state broadcaster is trying to put the best spin on it. But we lost jobs. How? America is booming; we’re right next to America.

Oil prices are solid — high enough for a rebirth of that industry, but not so high as to punish oil consuming parts of the economy. But instead of a 3.8 per cent unemployment, Calgary has the highest unemployment in Canada. The oil patch is still out of business.

But hey, there were 9,600 new jobs last month in “public administration”! That means government workers. So they’re just fine.

We have a new carbon tax that came in this week. we have new anti-pipeline and anti-tanker legislation going through Parliament.

Hey, last question:

If you were going to build a factory somewhere, or invest in a company somewhere, which side of the Canada-U.S. border would you choose?

You don’t need to answer. The jobs numbers already did...

NEXT: Our old friend Bernard "The Roughneck" Hancock has thrown his (hard) hat into the ring and entered the Alberta election as a candidate.

He joins me tonight to talk about why he decided to enter politics, and the policies he's most focused on.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2019-04-09 03:56:53 -0400
And given the “rocky” state of the yet unsigned new North American Free Trade agreement, or whatever its name is going to be eventually, that is the fundamental question… Trump is pre-occupied right now with the antics being played by the Mexicans, but it is only a matter of time, perhaps weeks, before he casts his eyes north to ask “what the bleep is going on in Ottawa?!?”
commented 2019-04-08 16:15:37 -0400
Hey Ezra- remember that great oil boom town Fort Nelson? Well we are totally BUST now. Trudeau and Butts destroyed the lives of thousands of us with his airy- fairy windmills and could care less. Foreclosures are rampant and we are a ghost- town. No one knows that an entire town has been devasted by his policies here in Northern BC.
commented 2019-04-08 03:25:07 -0400
Oopsie!… Latest job statistics showing loss of over 7,000 jobs since last census… So let’s guess what our Boy Blunder does next?… Add 7,000 more workers to the ranks of those building dem dere fanciful “canoe sheds” on reserves?… Hmmm?… But given today’s political climate, they might get arrows up their ass?… What’s a boy to do???
commented 2019-04-07 19:07:44 -0400
Off Topic…Looks like Google has put the blinkers on Sky News UK, I cannot receive it any more. It has always been blocked in Canada but you could get around that by using a VPN. Not any more, it is blocked every way I try. I blame that SOB Trudeau, he dose not like Canadians having access to the slaughter carried out by his Islamic friends.
commented 2019-04-07 18:56:18 -0400
MUTA WEEN commented 3 hours ago.
Taking a page from present day Venezuelan politics like Maduro threatening his opposition Guaido , Trudeau is now threatening Sheer with libel for comments made about SNC Lavolin.[……] No longer strong and free.

Muta Ween, No longer a democracy.
commented 2019-04-07 16:21:21 -0400
Taking a page from present day Venezuelan politics like Maduro threatening his opposition Guaido , Trudeau is now threatening Sheer with libel for comments made about SNC Lavolin.
Regarding to know that free speech isn’t just taking away from us commoners but also from the Royal Opposition.
Canada , the great Democracy of the North,no longer strong and free.
commented 2019-04-07 12:48:57 -0400
What happened to Jack Buckby from the UK, have not seen him and his coverage of the UK politics, around for a while. Not to many people commented on his articles about UK politics but I used to find them interesting.
commented 2019-04-07 03:31:57 -0400
Andrew Stephenson with lower taxes and fees and prices 9 an hour can go farther than 25 in a highly taxed expensive country. And oil patch workers do hard work under harsh conditions unlike worthless University teachers.
commented 2019-04-07 03:30:24 -0400
John Wick that certainly helps but there is the Justin factor to consider.
commented 2019-04-06 18:46:17 -0400
The difference between Canada and the USA is that the USA has a Leader and Canada has a Traitor.
commented 2019-04-06 18:00:54 -0400
Well I don’t know about the rest of Canada, but haven’t you heard:

Ontario Is Open For Business – Doug Ford.
commented 2019-04-06 16:39:46 -0400
Why won’t the rebel talk about the bronfmans control of the liberal party and the connection between the bronfman sex slavery trial and snc scandal????
commented 2019-04-06 15:02:28 -0400
ASS syndrome
Andrew Stephenson Stupidity!!
commented 2019-04-06 14:50:07 -0400
Where would you build a factory? IN America, where people are willing to work for $9/h, or in Canada where $20+ isn’t good enough for those unemployed oil workers who think they’re worth three times that?

I understand the Brooks meatpacking plant still can’t find locals willing to work there.
commented 2019-04-06 06:32:46 -0400
For the UCP government, an export pipeline to Anchorage, Alaska from Ft. Mac is only 2200 km in length.
To Prince Rupert is 1300 km, and to New Brunswick is 3400 km.
If we get a new Federal government in October, this may be the best option.
commented 2019-04-06 02:00:37 -0400
Jan G, China is going around the world lending money to third world nations to build the most incredible infrastructure imaginable. There is not way these nations can ever pay it back. Then China calls the loans and they essentially own those countries. The Chinese have even put troops into Venezuela.
commented 2019-04-06 00:36:59 -0400
So frustrated we can’t prosper from our natural resources because of Trudeau’s anti business gender analyzed, fake feminist, eco-hysteria politics. Its like we are sitting on a million gold bars but refuse to sell any of it to spare the feelings of self righteous, self interested prudes.
commented 2019-04-05 23:43:56 -0400
Ccrrection: subject starts closer to 10:00 on video, though the discussion before leads up to and discusses the China situation.
(The entire interview is very good. Frightening about China’s Christians.)
commented 2019-04-05 22:47:24 -0400
Derek Williams 1 hr ago.
Watched your link about the inefficiency of Canada’s method of counting job increases compared to the Americans. More or less, it is a guessing system which fools most Canadians, and should be discarded, however the Federal Gov’t has been working on a new payroll system (Phoenix) since 2009, so how long would it take the Gov’t to improve our job counting system?
Derek, maybe you could answer this question, why is a new Gov’t job counted as a new job, when it is only a TAX INCREASE ? Premiers like Notely hire 10 thousand Gov’t workers and boast that she is helping the economy, when she is really killing the economy by having to raise taxes to pay for these unneeded people.

The system should count 1 new job for a Private job and -1 for a new Government job; then the Politicians wouldn’t look good when expanding the Public Sector.
commented 2019-04-05 20:56:53 -0400
- Where would you build a factory: Trudeau’s Canada or Maruro’s Venezuela? They’ll both have a lot in common if we don’t change direction soon.

- Alberta needs to get rid of the NDP. If the UPC does this in the coming days Alberta will require an opposition party that won’t result in creating a future NDP sized disaster. That takes time. I wish Bernard well. Been following him on Twitter for some time now.
commented 2019-04-05 20:53:32 -0400
Ezra, I’ve seen more and more folks blaming BC for Alberta’s oil problems, and as a BC’er myself, I can’t help but agree with them. The problem is our voting choices are: Left (Liberal) or More Left (NDP). What’s a Concerned Conservative to do?
commented 2019-04-05 20:43:54 -0400
It is worth noting that the StatsCan data on the jobs created is generated by a survey and not by the more robust method used in the US according David Rosenberg, who frequently comments on these and other issues on BNN Bloomberg. Here https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/economics/video/canadian-job-creation-winning-streak-snapped~1653945 is another economist commenting on the data on jobs created in Canada is done by a survey. Rosenberg says that Stats Can will often give a correction to the jobs numbers later in the month which is the data that is supported by facts and not a survey. It is most likely these higher survey numbers for jobs created that Morneau brags about when he says 800K jobs created by the liberals.
commented 2019-04-05 20:42:02 -0400
Hands down Trump’s America!!
commented 2019-04-05 20:41:25 -0400
Bernard Hancock has more intelligence and integrity than the entire NDP government. He will make a very effective politician. Canada needs more like him.
Lookin the part. Best of luck.
commented 2019-04-05 20:39:51 -0400
Maybe some day America will take over Canada for all our riches
commented 2019-04-05 20:38:59 -0400
What a stark contrast between free market America and marketing board Canada. If people can’t get it about the power of the free market, they’ll never understand anything.
commented 2019-04-05 20:37:14 -0400
It’s a shame that leftists infiltrated the PCs in Alberta and then were merged into the UCP. I knew from the start of reunification talks that it was a bad mistake and I’m proven right. Now we have a situation where the conservative vote will be split, giving the socialist NDP more votes. Mr. Hancock’s ideas are great but I see how this will subtract from the Kenny majority vote.