This is the kind of news Stephen Harper and the Conservatives would wish you didn’t hear. That’s because it debunks the self-made myth that they’re competent economic managers. They want us to believe that Canada survived the recent global recession better than most countries because of them. And, they’re rapidly anti-evidence. Anti-statistics.
Well, out is the truth backed by statistics: The Canadian economy just lost 30,400 jobs, according to Statistics Canada’s July jobs report.
As a result, the jobless rate jumped from 7.2 percent in June to 7.3 percent in July. Now Canada has recorded consecutive job losses in the last three months. And, strangely, the economy seems to be waging a war against Canadian women. The majority of workers employers let go are women aged 55 and over.
How about the truth? The Conservative government contributed directly to the losses. Thanks to recent federal budget cuts and lay-offs in the public sector, “employment in public administration fell by 17,000.”
Finally, it’s time we stopped asking our friends down south to learn from us. Our dismal report card contrasts sharply with their latest. There are new signs of strength in the U.S. economy. Employers there created 163,000 new jobs in July.