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Climate action will stimulate economy and jobs

Just before the world met in Cancun for climate talks, Conservatives in the Senate -- abetted by the prime minister -- deprived Canadians of legislation that would address the pressing problem of global climate change and also usher in a prosperous clean energy economy.

When pressed why the Conservative Senate called the premature vote on the Climate Change Accountability Act on Nov. 16th, Prime Minister Stephen Harper retorted that it would have thrown "hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of people out of work."



Ten points in Canada's real economic update

The minister of finance has made his Fall Economic Update. We wanted to hear what he had to say about government spending -- but we didn't. Why? Because the real story is one of austerity.

The federal finance minister promised Canadians a look at what is happening with the economy. On the surface, the job is fairly straightforward. James Flaherty has to say whether the economy is growing, or not; and he has to say what he intends to do about it.

Climate change can be curtailed

| April 11, 2014

Missing in action: Federal budget 2014

| February 12, 2014
Karl Nerenberg

Alternative budget is bold while NDP is cautious

| February 6, 2014

The myth of the skills shortage in Canada's labour market

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Canada's federal politicians are fond of trumpeting that Canada's economy has performed better than almost any other jurisdiction, and that we should be thankful for their "prudent economic management." In actual fact, however, the hard numbers indicate that Canada's jobs performance has been ho-hum at best -- and isn't getting any better.

Grading Canada's economic recovery: The truth about job creation and unemployment in Canada

| December 6, 2013

Hard on families, light on crime: Some thoughts on the throne speech

| October 17, 2013

A fine balance: GDP growth by sector and the impact of austerity

The second-quarter GDP numbers confirm that Canada's continuing "recovery," such as it is, is still balancing very precariously on a knife-edge between expansion and contraction. The various sources of growth vary widely in their current momentum. The overall net balance is barely positive. And coming austerity in the public sector could very much push the balance into negative territory in coming quarters.


Examining Harper's record and spotting a fake economic recovery

Photo: Liam Richards/University of Saskatchewan/flickr

A new report from Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) on job creation in Canada arrived just as the Prime Minister said Monday he intends the next election to be about jobs and the economy. As part of a study of poverty, CPJ has published a set of fact sheets on job creation in Canada since the 2008 recession. It looks at regional and generational differences, assesses job quality and measures newly created jobs against new job seekers.

Anyone who believes what Conservative cabinet ministers have been repeating about job creation in Canada should read the CPJ fact sheets.

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