Sunday, April 22, 2007

Canada's New Government: Job losses only a crisis when WE call it a crisis

Good post by Robert McClelland:

SELECTIVE CONCERN ON JOB LOSSES

I see John Baird has all the rubes worked into a high state of dudgeon because he claims that if Canada tries to meet its Kyoto targets 275,000 Canadians might lose their jobs.

Well if that’s the case I wonder what state they’re in knowing that Canada’s manufacturing sector has shed 250,000 jobs over the past 5 years. What’s that? They aren’t concerned about those lost jobs.

“On March 28, along with the leaders of Canada’s largest private sector unions, I met with the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Industry and the Minister of Labour about the fact that since November 2002, Canadians have suffered a net loss of over 250,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector. They acknowledged that they see the same numbers that we see but they did not see them as a crisis.”

So for the record, the Conservative position on job losses is:
275,000 hypothetical lost jobs = economic armageddon.
250,000 actual lost jobs = stop your bitchin.



1 comment:

janfromthebruce said...

Your right, it's a shame the 'new govt' only sees a manufactured crisis on futuristic jobs when it suits them.
Of course, those numbers on manufacturing jobs happen between 2002 to 2006, and the cons have only been in power a little over 1 year. So the libs didn't think over 250,000 jobs lost in manufacturing was crisis that was happening under their watch.
In fact, I don't see much changing with Dion making a Bay street announcement this week that he would give tax incentives for business employers to invest off shore. Now, let's see, how many Canadians jobs will that create in Canadian made manufacturing? Zip.
What's being created - wealth for a few. Oh yeh, we really, really, really care. Maybe they will bring that old 1993 campaign rallying cry: jobs, jobs, jobs. Remember those promises? I do and I have the liberal redbook to bring back "bad" memories.

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