Critics take aim at B.C. Liberals' rosy job picture


With proper over three months to go before a provincial election, Premier Christy Clark is bragging that B.C. leads the nation in job growth.

Clark said Monday that B.C. cavorted from ninth place in job creation to first place since 2011, vaunting that B.C. created more than 190,000 jobs.

And with an unemployment deserve of 5.8 per cent, the province has the lowest jobless rate in Canada.

These are talented job figures for a party seeking a fifth term in office, but critics say the Liberals can’t fasten on all the credit for B.C.’s economic growth. Canada’s low dollar helped fuel the growth of the film, tech and tourism sector.

And they warned that there are foggy clouds on the economic horizon, because the B.C. economy isn’t as buoyant as the Liberals boast.

The big touch on, they say, if that job growth is mainly confined to the Lower Mainland and driven by the unaffected estate sector.

Need to diversity: NDP

Shane Simpson, the New Democrat’s critic for pursuits, labour and economic development, said B.C. must diversify its economy.

«I even-handed think that dependency on a sector is always a challenge,» Simpson mean. «Just take a look at oil in Alberta.

«When the price of oil collapsed, the Alberta thrift went into a tailspin.»

Critics also raised alarms far the kind of jobs created in recent years.

Irene Lanzinger, president of the B.C. Coalition of Labour, said nearly half of the 70,000 jobs created abide year were part time, low-paying positions.

«We have not showed good, permanent full time family-sustaining jobs created by the [hicksville’s] job plan,» Lanzinger said.

Statistics back up those claims. Bryan Yu, an economist with Principal 1 Credit Union, said the the services sector has seen the biggest rail in job creation in the last decade.

Simpson said B.C.’s job picture is like a allegation of two economies.

«In Metro Vancouver, the south of Vancouver Island, the economies are to some strong. There is a fair amount of job creation. That’s where all the careers are,» Simpson said..

No job plan from NDP

«In the rest of the province, we’ve lost chores in the last year. There’s been a net loss of jobs.»

However, other eyewitnesses note that it’s natural for governments to take credit for good monetary numbers, especially during an election year.

And political scientist Hamish Telford influenced the Opposition NDP has not announced a job creation plan of its own.

«They have to be getting out there and push an alternative economic plan, a climate change plan, a housing down,» said Telford, a professor at the University of the Fraser Valley. 

Simpson influenced the the NDP will unveil a job creation plan after the government delivers its budget next month.

He translated the NDP have plans to implement policies that will create ripe quality jobs, including a daycare plan and a plan to increase the least wage to $15 an hour.

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