Last week, a non-surprising breakthrough in Christy Clark’s BC Jobs Plan was made: net jobs in British Columbia went down…again!
Per official Statistics Canada numbers, BC lost 11,000 full-time jobs in October. This was met with an increase in the number of part-time jobs by roughly 5,600. The statistics also show that the unemployment numbers are getting better, by a mere 0.2%, and is now at 6.5% overall. However, the big caveat to that last statistic is that the labour force in BC contracted.
This is another month of full-time jobs lost in BC thanks to the BC Jobs Plan. Let’s go back in time a bit with facts and figures.
Remember These Failed BC Jobs Plan Numbers:
- BC lost 16,000 net jobs in January 2013
- BC lost 15,700 full-time jobs in May 2013, 300 net jobs lost
- BC lost 11,700 net jobs in July 2013
- BC lost 9,800 full-time jobs in August 2013
- BC lost 5,400 net jobs in September 2013
Our province did make good gains in February and March and very minor gains in April and June. But that barely addresses that fact that we have lost far more jobs as a province than we have gained. Even just looking at Quarters 1 and 3 of 2013, BC lost 8,200 and 3,600 net jobs, respectively.
The Beginning Of Failure For The BC Jobs Plan
Let’s go back in history a bit more. Since 2008, jobs numbers are on a steep incline, not in just BC but for the entire country and most of the world. But even when our country was doing well and BC was doing decent – gains primarily in just part-time jobs, BC Business Magazine put out an article back in January of 2012 essentially saying that BC’s jobs numbers were really not great. David Akin gave the BC Jobs Plan a “C-“ grade. Don’t forget Laila Yuile’s extraordinary piece on why the BC Liberals have absolutely failed on every level and must go. Even one Langley resident tore the BC Liberals a new one in the Langley Advance.
It’s clear: Christy Clark’s BC Jobs Plan has been an abject failure. We’ve already addressed this in terms of sheer numbers. The numbers are horrendous. Now, let’s talk context.
It’s Gotten Worse?
Jobs numbers under BC Jobs Plan weren’t great when they were supposed to be good back in 2011 and 2012. The Canadian and American economies were rising during their respective recoveries. Jobs numbers in both countries were up and economic growth in terms of GDP trended upward continuously. However, BC remained at the back of the pack among Canadian provinces. It’s been 5 years since the world economic meltdown and BC is STILL losing jobs on a month-to-month basis. The BC Liberals and their BC Jobs Plan can’t even get things right when the rest of the world is doing well and in some places, thriving.
What’s even worse is that the BC Liberal Government won’t even sit in the BC Legislature for a Fall sitting. They know the flak they will receive from the Opposition. Christy Clark is simply running her war on the middle class, creating an environment friendly to Crown Corporation executives and the elites.
The BC Liberals ran an entire election campaign on being strong on jobs. Now, we can see that they have no idea on how to create jobs and opportunities for British Columbians of all ages. The BC Jobs Plan sure hasn’t and I don’t think it will ever succeed.