WHILE RAVI KAHLON, Minister of Jobs, Economy Recovery and Innovation, was quick to issue a statement Friday morning (April 9, 2021) on the latest Stats-Can employment figures for March, his focus was very carefully scripted to skirt several undeniable facts.
Further, he stated that the actions of Premier John Horgan’s NDP government were a ‘sign our approach to an innovative, sustainable and inclusive economic recovery is working.’
While the latest employment figures indicate there are some positive signs, there is definite cause for concern … so let’s take a closer look at the latest Statistics Canada employment figures.
In Canada, full-time employment increased in March by 1.2 percent, including a whopping 182,000 new jobs (+2.5 per cent) in Ontario. In British Columbia, however, the unemployment rate remains stagnant at 6.9 per cent.
Jobs Minister Kahlon wants us to focus on the 35,000 jobs he spoke of, while desperately hoping British Columbians won’t dig deeper. In fact, there were actually 42,000 jobs created in March – part-time jobs.
Meanwhile, full-time employment for British Columbians decreased by 6,700.
What’s even worse, however, is the disparity in job gains between men and women. While new jobs for men aged 25 and over increased by over 11,500, at just 300, jobs for women in the same age bracket were pretty much non-existent.
Let’s just say the NDP’s so-called approach to an innovative economic recovery, at least in terms of employment for women, has been a dismal failure.
Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada and the B.C. Reform Party, and a past and current member of the BC Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.