Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Republic of CanAlberta
It's one of the oldest and best known pictures of Stephen Harper. The Toronto nerd dressed up as an Alberta cowboy.
The one who fell in so much love with that province, he tried to put a firewall around it.
But it turns out that picture couldn't be more prophetic.
Because when it comes to the economy, as far as his foul Con regime is concerned.
There's Alberta, and then there's everybody else.
Looking deeper into last Friday’s jobs numbers, BMO’s Benjamin Reitzes says the Statistics Canada report “reinforced that the Alberta economy is in a league of its own.”
Employment in Alberta, home to Canada’s oil industry, has climbed 3.2 per cent over the course of a year, compared to just 0.1 per cent for the rest of Canada. “That’s +71,200 jobs for Alberta and $14,300 for the rest of the country – note that Alberta accounts for just over 11 per cent of the country’s population,” Mr. Reitzes said.
Because that's what happens when a bunch of Con oil pimps favour one province, over all the others.
“Six of 10 provinces saw employment drop below year-ago levels, including all five east of Ontario,” he added. “Alberta’s energy sector continues to suck in workers, while the rest of Canada battles slowing domestic demand and the legacy of a strong loonie and weak productivity.”
That's what happens when you kill off good jobs with the Dutch disease, leave the rest of the country mired in unemployment...
Or as I wrote last night, struggling to survive on lousy low wage jobs in a part-time Canada.
While the Cons keep favouring Alberta, like Jason Kenney is doing with his flawed income splitting plan.
Employment Minister Jason Kenney says the Harper government has no intention of backing away from its income splitting pledge, despite a new report concluding the plan would exacerbate income inequality and bestow the most benefits to the West.
The report by the left-leaning Broadbent Institute concluded that income splitting would benefit the most affluent single-income families, cost about $3 billion, bestow no benefits to 90 per cent of Canadians, and transfer a disproportionate amount to families in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Conservative strongholds with the strongest economies.
When he isn't bringing in foreign workers to steal the few jobs we have, and drive wages down even further.
And all I can say isn't it time Canadians asked themselves whether they elected Stephen Harper the Prime Minister of Canada?
Or the insane President of the oil republic of CanAlberta....
Because let's be absolutely clear eh? This is a formula for the destruction of this country.
And the good news?
We can use the resentment that is building over this outrageous situation to do the Cons enormous damage in the next election.
For there is nothing like good old regional alienation to get Canadians going. And now it's OUR turn.
We shall pour gasoline, or bitumen, on that fire until they can see the flames in Calgary.
We shall target the Republic of Canalberta.
And use it to bring down Great Cowboy Leader...
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