BC Liberals' much-touted Jobs Plan 'a colossal failure' - Cummins

BC Conservative Party press release

LANGLEY, BC, Feb. 8, 2013 - "No amount of taxpayer-funded television advertising can hide the fact that Christy Clark's 'Jobs Plan' has been - and is - a colossal failure," John Cummins said today, responding to the newly-released Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey for January.

"Over the last year, 15,500 British Columbians have been forced out of the province's labour force - either seeing their jobs disappear, or giving up hope of finding employment," the leader of the BC Conservatives observed.

"It's as if the entire populations of Comox - or of Prince Rupert, or Dawson Creek - over the last 12 months had simply disappeared from the work force."

One year ago, in January 2012, the number of British Columbians in the provincial labour force - which is the combined number of employed workers, plus those actively looking for a job - stood at 2,467,400.

Last month, in January 2013, that number had dropped to 2,451,900. (All numbers are seasonally-adjusted.)

The BC Liberal government has spent an estimated $15 million in recent months to advertise the alleged success of their economic and fiscal policies.

However, in September 2011, when Clark unveiled her Jobs Plan, the number of British Columbians with a job was 2,294,500. Today's Statistics Canada report shows that the comparable number for January 2013 had grown to just 2,297,600.

That's a total increase of just 3,100 jobs in almost a year-and-a-half - or a paltry 194 per month.

"Is this what Premier Clark meant when she said that 'Defending and creating jobs is the primary mission of my government'? Cummins asked.

"If so, it is plainly evident that both the policies and actions of the BC Liberals have been disastrous for British Columbians and our economy."

Cummins concluded: "It's no coincidence that B.C. has been losing population through negative interprovincial migration since the summer of 2011.

"British Columbia, sadly, no longer is a high-wage magnet that attracts workers and their families from the rest of Canada. Instead, we're losing people to other provinces, and today's Statistics Canada report confirms that the number of workers and those looking for a job also is shrinking."

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