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Premiers gathered in Ottawa last week to talk about pressing needs for Canadian infrastructure investment. As the Council of the Federation meeting, chaired by PEI Premier Robert Ghiz, began to address the infrastructure deficit, Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver emailed a media statement: ".. some premiers appear oblivious to the consequences of the current global instability and the dramatic decline in the price of oil."
On January 9, Minister of Employment Jason Kenney tweeted that it is "great to see the creation of 54,000 full time jobs last month." What Kenney failed to mention was that 58,000 jobs were also lost in December, resulting in a net loss when it comes to jobs.
Suppose they called an election, and not one candidate wasted their breath talking about the 67 billion kilograms of North America food that ends up in landfill, at a yearly cost to Canadian and U.S. taxpayers of $192 billion -- before even getting to impacts that rank food waste as the third-largest source of destructive global warming gases, just behind all the emissions from the U.S. and China.
That just happened in Ontario-wide municipal and in U.S. mid-term elections.