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NEWS RELEASE · 12th September 2012
BC Liberal Caucus
Statistics Canada’s latest Labour Force Survey reported British Columbia has created a Canadian-best 51,700 net new jobs over the past 12 months, but yet the BC NDP have resorted to negative attacks over this positive news, said Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

“When there is negative news, the NDP are quick to blame government policy but when our policies yield results they instead look elsewhere to attribute for this success,” said Bell. “Job creation is our government’s number one priority and the BC Jobs Plan is benefiting families and individuals.”

According to data released by Statistics Canada on Friday, there were 2,322,600 British Columbians who were working in August, an all-time record and an increase of 51,700 more than August 2011. In its monthly report, Statistics Canada compares job and unemployment numbers month-to-month basis, year-to-date, and a 12 month period. The numbers are broken down provincially as well providing detailed national figures.

Statistics Canada also reported that British Columbia’s unemployment rate for August had fallen to 6.7 per cent, a full six-tenths of a percentage point lower that the Canadian unemployment rate of 7.3 per cent.

For youth between the ages of 15 and 24, Statistics Canada noted the unemployment rate for this group had fallen to 11.7 per cent, down from 16 per cent in August 2011.

“I’m proud to stand on our BC Jobs Plan and we’ve been working on it for some time now – even before it was launched last September. We are living in turbulent economic times, but thanks to our government’s prudent fiscal record, B.C. is positioned to weather the storm. There will be months that are better than others, but overall British Columbia is heading in the right direction,” added Bell.
Comment by James Ippel on 13th September 2012
These statistics were put out by Statistic Canada. Are you suggesting that the BC Liberals have so much influence that they can tell Stats Can what to report?
If the Liberals are drinking their own bathwater, what are you drinking Paul?
No politician is truthful about (un)employment stats.
Comment by Janice Robinson on 13th September 2012
Why? Is it because they are sheeple too? Is it because they weren't paying attention at any one of many university courses (Political Science, History, Philosophy 101)??

Facts are:

1.) an unemployment rate of between 7 - 10 % is highly desireable. Control of the sheeple, and propaganda are the politicians' primary concerns when it comes to this issue!

If the unemployment rate goes too far under 7 %, sheeple get too picky about job options.

If unemployment rises too high above 10 %, sheeple get angry, prone to get together to whine and protest.

Don't kid yourself... If we're all working, it is not a good thing. We can not be too free, or uppity. Got it?

2.). Ever wonder why the (un)employment and the immigration bureaucracies are so close and cozy? Indeed, often those little worker ants can be found working right next door to eachother in the same building.

If unemployment rate goes too far under 7% to keep us all humble, needy, and jobless as is the floodgates of immigration a little wider.

Control of the masses, and the need for government is their primary concerns.
Undrelying assumption
Comment by Paul Johnston on 12th September 2012
The Liberals biggest problem is that they drink their own bathwater and belive their own assumptions --- saner minds do of course prevail ,,,,
Take "with a grain of salt"
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 12th September 2012
As with almost all releases by political parties there must be some level of scepticism. Politics has always been a game of distortion, elimination and exaggeration to gain the support of the electorate.

The BC Liberals failed to point out that the NDP are not alone in questioning the extent of the jobs plan success as, "... while de Jong was highlighting B.C.'s job numbers and investment opportunities, some economists were not as robust as de Jong in their assessments of B.C.'s economic prospects."

The job of the NDP, as opposition, is to critique the actions of the party in the Legislature and to encourage independant thinking amongst the electorate, especially in a majority situation. For the Liberals to condemn the NDP for doing their job is just another aspect of the game.

There is almost always more to these political releases but most politicians count on us being too lazy and/or too partisan to search out a more balanced and unbiased view of the truth. Unfortunately they are right.