What the Minister is calling ‘resiliency’ is actually the equivalent of a large city, such as the entire city of Burnaby, being without jobs

What the Minister is calling ‘resiliency’ is actually the equivalent of a large city, such as the entire city of Burnaby, being without jobs

There’s no ‘you tried’ award for you Mr. Premier.  Instead, until you make the changes necessary to rebuild our economy and workforce, you’ve earned a failing grade

 

B.C.’s Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation indicated we have an economy that continues to “show resilience”.  In reality, British Columbia is just barely treading water while its residents struggle to support themselves and their families. 

“According to the latest job figures from Statistics Canada for the time period of December 2020, to January 2021; B.C.‘s unemployment grew to 8% ... a scary number when you consider our total labour force of 2.8 million people,” stated Conservative BC leader Trevor Bolin from Ft. St. John this morning.

“What the Minister is calling ‘resiliency’ is actually the equivalent of a large city, such as the entire city of Burnaby, being without jobs.”

“When I look at figures from Stats-Can for December to January I see, for example, 8,000 job losses for adult women aged 25 and older. I see the Cariboo, one of the worst hit regions of all, with an unemployment rate of 8.8 percent.

While Premier Horgan’s government continues to make announcements with dollars flying out the door intended to help B.C.’s ailing tourism operators, small retail businesses and restaurants … little, if any at all, is actually getting to them.”

Mr. Premier, we need to do better for all British Columbians. We need to ensure that the red tape preventing projects from getting underway is removed; that businesses that need life support receive it; and that families across this province feel secure and safe.

Bolin concluded, “There’s no ‘you tried’ award for you Mr. Premier.  Instead, until you make the changes necessary to rebuild our economy and workforce, you’ve earned a failing grade.”

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  • Trevor Bolin
    published this page in NEWS 2021-02-05 13:21:53 -0800