On Good Authority
I was quoted in the House of Commons question period yesterday by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.
“Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I know the NDP bandies about numbers with respect to jobs, so I thought I would seek some authority about their numbers. I went to one of the large unions and I checked what they said. The Canadian Labour of Congress’ chief economist, Andrew Jackson, said:
‘The Conservatives have the job numbers about right. Since the worst part of the recession we have created 600,000 jobs. We even have more jobs in Canada than we had at the beginning of the recession.’
There is a good authority you should respect.”
I am flattered, but I would have preferred it if the Minister had quoted me in full.
The source was an interview I did with Global News. The following is an extract:
“Roughly thatâ€™s true, since the worst part of the recession weâ€™ve created 600,000 jobs. We even have more jobs in Canada than we had at the beginning of the recession.â€
But that is not all I said.
The Global story continues:
But job numbers shouldnâ€™t be the only way Canadians assess the governmentâ€™s success in job creation, said Jackson. ”
The labour force is growing faster than the number of jobs, meaning the proportion of Canadians with jobs has fallen, according to numbers crunched by the Canadian Labour Congress.
â€œBefore the recession about 64 per cent of working-age Canadians had some kind of job and now it is down to 62 per cent,â€ he said, adding that the number of people working part-time or on contract has also risen.
â€œBy more realistic ways of looking at the state of the job market before the recession, we are not back to where we were,â€ he said.