Friday, January 18, 2013
The Con Assault on the Dutch Disease
Nothing Tom Mulcair has ever said scares Stephen Harper more than his claim that the Dutch Disease is killing jobs all over Canada.
Especially in vote-rich Ontario where the next election will be decided.
Because if the people in that province ever realize how much Harper's Alberta First economic policies are hurting them and the future of their kids, the Cons will be out of power sooner than you can say howdy cowboy.
So the Cons and the right-wing conspiracy are always trying to claim that the Dutch Disease is just a myth, and here they go again.
The dire diagnosis that a strong Canadian dollar - boosted by high commodity prices - would deliver a lethal blow to this country's manufacturing sector was greatly exaggerated, according to a new study. In fact, the sector is now expected to be the main driver of Canada's continuing recovery following the 2008-09 recession, says Philip Cross, who conducted the study, released Wednesday, for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.
If any manufacturers had symptoms of Dutch Disease, "it was a very mild case affecting only a small number of industries," Cross says.
Even though claiming that the manufacturing sector is doing well when it's still digging itself out the bottom of a hole is absurd. And nobody can deny that the Con's Big Oil policies have screwed Ontario.
“A strong resource sector in the west means high-quality manufacturing jobs in the east,” Harper said Jan. 4 at a Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. factory in Oakville, Ontario.
The numbers suggest otherwise. Companies in the mining, quarrying and oil and gas industries have increased payrolls by 11,700, or 4.4% over the five years to the end of 2012, according to Statistics Canada data. Over the same period, manufacturing employment has dropped by 182,900, or 9.4%, as factories struggle with the impact of a strong currency and weak global demand.
Put another way, for every natural resource job that’s been added in Canada since the end of 2007, more than 15 factory jobs have been lost.
As so many workers in Ontario know so well...
No matter what Stephen Harper says.
And BTW, so does the poor little girl in the attack ad I'm working on...
Because you've got to hit the Cons where it hurts eh?
And the first opposition party to pit Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia against Cowboy Steve and Alberta, will win the next election.
Which explains why the Macdonald-Laurier Institute is so anxious to make us believe the Dutch Disease is just a myth. For who are they you might ask?
Answer: the right-wing think tank Jim "Jimbo" Flaherty was shamelessly flogging in 2009.
In a recent letter, Flaherty urged selected Bay Street players to come to a dinner in support of a new think-tank, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, being set up by prominent conservative economist Brian Crowley, who already heads the right-leaning Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS). Flaherty ended his letter with: "My office will follow up with you."
And what was little Jimbo doing today? Trying to dodge accusations he shamelessly flogged a radio station.
Oh boy. Those Con bandidos...
Who could trust anything they say eh?
Especially with a gang leader like this one.
And yes, it is a right-wing conspiracy.
A conspiracy to bust unions, lower wages, kill pensions and medicare, and sell us out to Big Oil and other foreign interests.
As those poor workers at Electro-Motive found out after their jobs disappeared...
It didn't have to be this way. In Norway they were able to neutralize the Dutch Disease and save their manufacturing jobs.
But all the Cons cared about was their precious Alberta.
Don't let Stephen Harper steal YOUR future. Or screw YOUR kids.
Join the mighty Canadian crusade.
Teach those job killing oil pimps a lesson.
Derail the Con regime...
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