Today in Calgary, Economic Development & Trade Minister Deron Bilous tried to sugarcoat the anemic job numbers seen since his government was elected in May 2015. Compared to October 2015, Alberta has lost a net 47,300 full-time jobs, according to Stats Canada.
“The fact is, the NDP government has brought forward a full slate of policies that have taxed and regulated jobs and businesses out of existence,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “Even Premier Rachel Notley has admitted the carbon tax will mean hundreds of millions pulled out of our economy and that will mean another hit to jobs. You can’t raise taxes on everyone, sue Alberta-owned companies and then try and brag about terrible job numbers.”
Wildrose Shadow Economic Development & Trade Minister Prasad Panda said it is embarrassing the minister would make the announcement in Calgary, where folks are becoming increasingly desperate to find work.
“If the minister was serious about giving hope to Calgarians and bringing investment back to Alberta in a major way, he would convince his colleagues to scrap several of their damaging tax increases and burdensome new regulations,” Panda said. “Those actions alone would send a strong signal to all Albertans that this government is ready to put its ideology aside and focus on jobs and the economy.”
- Even the NDP government has admitted its carbon tax will lead to a 0.4 per cent drop in GDP
- Alberta has seen 47,000 net full time jobs lost since just last October
- Alberta’s unemployment rate remains well above the Canadian average at 8.5 per cent, with tens of thousands of Albertans looking for work and seeing their EI dry up
- Calgary’s unemployment rate went up for the fourth straight month, and is the highest it’s been since 1993 at 10.2 per cent
- The number of Albertans receiving EI has risen by almost 70 per cent since 2015