Five years have passed since the end of the Great Recession but both B.C. and Canada as a whole are very far away from a meaningful recovery in the labour market.
Headline unemployment rates are not terrible (6.1 per cent in B.C. and 6.8 per cent in Canada) but fewer people are looking for work and part-time positions are increasingly replacing full-time jobs. In fact, the closer you look at the job market the worse the picture gets.
It's clear that the BC Jobs Plan has failed to deliver. Many British Columbians recognize that the provincial government's economic strategy -- narrowly focused on boosting resource-extraction industries like mining and LNG -- puts all our eggs in one basket. The strategy is both economically and environmentally risky.