Oh, crap, this seems like exactly the kind of situation for something a friend of mine used to say, when trouble was approaching
|BC Finance Minister Carole James|
Ummm ... the only reason this government can ‘claim’ the lowest unemployment figures is due to the fact thousands gave up looking for work (‑5,700). Meantime last month BC experienced a LOSS of 6,100 full-time jobs ... which was offset by a gain of 9,500 part-time jobs. The magic of ‘government math’ allows the Jobs Ministries the ability to claim an increase of 3,400 jobs.
And CTV News, in December, had a banner headline stating “BC lost more than 18,000 jobs last month”. But let’s continue with the words of Finance Minister Carole James;
Our fiscal foundation remains strong, as does our commitment to making life more affordable, to delivering the services British Columbians depend on and to building a sustainable economy with opportunities for everyone. We know that in the country and zero operating debt.
On numerous occasions, Ms. James brought up the forest industry ... here’s another gem she provided us with ...
The government continues to play the blame game. The last government didn’t do anything ... it was the fault of the US government imposing tariffs on us (then why weren’t they at the last meetings in the US attended by all other lumber producing provinces in BC) ... it’s the fault of the mountain pine beetle. Look Minister Davidson ... your government has had this file for nearly three years now.
“... investments in public infrastructure are building a better BC ...”
According to a Sound Off commentary with CFJC Today, they indicated ... the Illecillewaet River highway widening project was first announced in 2015 budgeted to cost $35 million. Now, years later, and after receiving only five bids, government announced a cost overrun of a staggering 143 per cent higher than the initial budget in 2015 ...
Delta City Council doesn’t see all that impressed with at least one of these infrastructure projects being hyped by the government ... nor are many other people.
It certainly doesn’t seem he’s impressed – wouldn’t you agree?
But there’s more from the Business Council of BC ... this time from Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Jock Finlayson; “The Budget does not pay sufficient attention to the storm clouds facing us due to slower global growth and escalating tax and regulatory costs at home”.
On-going full-time job loses ... schools coming apart at the seams ... hospitals that look like they belong in a third world country ... ballooning provincial debt ... benefits to workers in select unions, while the rest of BC’s construction workers watch from the sidelines as they are refused access to infrastructure jobs ... environmentalism gone wild ...
It’s crazy ... it’s being inflicted on us by a minority government, right before our eyes ... as the BC NDP government of Premier John Horgan sends us down the rabbit hole to their idea of a utopian paradise.
I’ll leave the final remarks about yesterdays budget speech to Conservative Leader Trevor Bolin, who uttered these word earlier today: