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Jobs plan not working

Statistics Canada announced the loss of almost 16,000 jobs in January in B.C. In particular, most of these losses were borne by women over age 25 with part-time jobs in caregiving and social assistance, two areas that are funded by the B.C. government.

This is the reality behind the endless TV advertising by the B.C. Liberals in their pre-election campaign under the pretense that “it’s all about jobs.”

In reality, ever since Christy Clark launched her “BC Jobs Plan” almost 18 months ago, the B.C. private sector has lost nearly 40,000 jobs, including many in the construction industry, which is the largest contributor to the B.C. Liberals’ election fund. The result is that B.C. has the third-worst job growth in Canada in the last 12 months.

The B.C. Liberals are obsessed with presenting an image that they are better “stewards of the economy” than the NDP – but to do this they have chosen to sell off B.C.’s assets, make deals with Chinese and foreign mining companies, slash health funding and increase MSP premiums, etc.

This is not economic management – it is a scorched-earth policy to keep their own well-paid jobs at any cost (to the rest of us).

 

Herb Spencer, Surrey

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