Charles Adler believes we should speak clearly. However, he said nothing about speaking accurately, a quality not always compatible with political propaganda.
Adler mocks the Liberal Party’s false claim that 9,000 jobs would disappear if criminal charges proceed against SNC-Lavalin. But, the Corus Radio broadcaster didn’t stop there; he added an even larger falsehood.
Adler’s claim that 100,000 jobs in Alberta and Saskatchewan have gone away is probably based on talking points created by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. CAPP’s business partner, Canada’s largest newspaper chain, amplified the assertion without regard for its veracity.
Claudio Cattaneo began her career as a journalist but is ending it as one of Postmedia’s fossil fuel promoters. She blamed the loss of 100,000 jobs on governments of Alberta and Canada, saying they were “more interested in accelerating the transition to green energy than supporting workers in oil and gas.”
However, labour reports available from Statistics Canada prove that 100,000 lost oil and gas jobs are as imaginary as the Trudeau Government’s 9,000 jobs at SNC-Lavalin.
In 2018, natural resource jobs in Alberta were down 25,000 from the 2014 peak but employment was equivalent to the industry’s 10-year average. While employment in the fossil fuel business has not grown, the province’s total jobs are 158,000 above the 10-year average.
That number suggests the province has been somewhat successful in moving away from dependence on a sunset industry.
There are no legitimate economists who would argue that is anything but positive.