Clark, Christy

Truth and Premier Photo Op remain strangers

David Akin’s On the Hill, November 2/12, Latest job numbers: BC is number one — in job losses

” ‘I’m going to run on (being) number one in job creation,’ BC Premier Christy Clark told the Liberal Party of BC convention last Saturday, boasting at one point that BC had created 57,000 jobs and that that was more than any province in Canada.

“At the time, as I pointed out in a blog post, that claim was not true based on the most recent 12 consecutive months of jobs data for BC (and the country) as provided by Statistics Canada.

“On Saturday, the most recent numbers available were for September, 2012.

“Today, Statistics Canada released the numbers for October, 2012 and they were awful for British Columbia.

“B.C. was number one all right — number one in job losses among any Canadian province with 10,900 fewer jobs in October than there were the previous month in September.”

Vancouver Sun writer Craig McInnes did a column in November titled, Clark’s claims on job creation invite derision.” He quoted the same David Akin,

“Do Christy Clark’s boasts on job creation hold up? Nope. Nada. Not even close.”

Another three monthly reports from Statistics Canada confirm Mr. Akin’s conclusions. After a small pre-Christmas bump, B.C. jobs decreased again according to the January jobs report. B.C. and Ontario were the only significant job losers and the western province’s percentage of loss was 150% that of Ontario’s. Here is British Columbia’s recent jobs history.

Categories: Clark, Christy, Truthiness

13 replies »

  1. If this is indeed the case, i.e., BC is last in job creation, then how can she continue to lie to the public? Isn't it against the law or something? Why do British Columbians put up with the lies?


  2. Wouldn't it be nice if we had the money to put together a mailer to every household in British Columbia enetitled: LIBERAL LIES outlining all the lies the Liberals have told British Columbians over their term in office? On second thought it might not be such a good idea because the list is so long. Norm, we're going to miss your research when you're gone.


  3. The current jobs record in BC puts into doubt the claim that 75,000 jobs will be created by 2020 when 5 LNG plants will be up and running (or not).

    The Jobs Plan left the starting gate with an immediate announcement that 40-50,000 jobs had been created even before it was announced. It has been downhill since.

    If the provincial government can't get the Jobs Plan right in the short term, how can it promise such glowing numbers in the long term? Not one investor has made a firm decision to proceed. Everything is still in proposal stage. The LNG market has yet to shake out. According to the business and investment community, many of the dozens of proposed LNG plants in the world will not proceed. Much can change in 7 years.


  4. The LNG plants are dependent on the extent of subsidies provided by the public by paying for infrastructure or subsidizing electricity and/or natural gas supplies. We must carefully examine the benefit derived from gas liquefaction. Why is it that the “free enterprisers” are nearly always first in line looking for subsidies?


  5. What I don't get is how the Govt can take $18 million per year of taxpayers money out of the public sector to purchase carbon offsets from the Pacific Carbon Trust.

    This means less money for employing teachers, health care workers, etc.

    Now the Govt is saying they are “carbon neutral”.

    At the same time the Govt is all excited about this LNG nonsense. Which would require BC Hydro providing subsidized, clean, renewable power at a loss. Not to mention the fracking. And nowhere near the outlandish 75,000 jobs figure quoted above.


  6. Jeff Morrison of CAPP was on “NW” this morning when he argued for accelerated tax write-offs-in your words, a subsidy. What is astonishing is that the LNG plants are not apparently viable even with Asian prices which are three times higher than the domestic price.

    Why? When 5 wanna-be LNG plants have to compete for scarce equipment and skilled labour at the same time, the cost of LNG plants are going sky-high. That is the elephant in the room-as in Fort McMurray-where projects are being delayed or shelved due to cost-overruns.

    The potential for very real looming cost overruns explain why the industry wants a subsidy. The higher the overrun, the higher the subsidy and the higher the cost will be to the taxpayer. Sounds like a blank cheque to me.


  7. No money needed. Just copy-paste Norm's blog address to two of your friends and ask them to do the same. And so on and so on.

    People need to know why their vote will be important in May — and it's a good time to start the education process.


  8. The big “lie” continues…propaganda has become an intergal part of the BC liberal, smoke and mirrors game. The real issue in all of this is the presently, hidden damage to the BC economy, since we cannot get answers from a legislature that is not “sitting” or indeed seem to be responsible to the ” people” at all.
    Financially, the province is in one hell of a mess. Scandals seem to occur daily, perpetual stupidity reins.

    Big changes are needed in governance, in this province and country. We need to revise checks and balances, prevent corruption and malfeasance, and ensure that
    the consequence of being involved in the above, are severe. Deterrence is the key, get them before it starts.


  9. What about the 78,000 new jobs we were supposed to get from TILMA, in 2007? That was 6 years ago.

    They weren't just making that up, were they?


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