The latest employment figures show that during December we,in BC, lost 22500 jobs.
What is extremely disconcerting is that December is usually a month where the employment figures are positive ; if only for a short time.
I am sure that some will argue that the lost 10000 construction jobs are due to uncertainty over the HST but is that so?
That still leaves 12,500 unaccounted for.
If we add in that many have left the unemployment list to the welfare list then we have a extremely serious problem.
Years of Liberal tax cuts (plus federal Conservative ones) the much vaunted Olympic Winter games to boost to our economy , stimulus spending etc have failed miserably to improve our lot in life in fact we are in more debt & wobbling on the knife edge than we ever were.
On the local,Nanaimo, scene we have had abortive "stimulus" spending in the form of a Convention centre & now a cruise ship terminal.
All of this comes at the expense of the taxpayer be it welfare cheques or expenditures on mega projects or even providing infrastructure for ill conceived building projects around town.
When are we going to wake up to the fact that our current lifestyle is not sustainable & that our Governmental structure is obsolete, inefficient & above all caters to special interests & not the masses?
What can we do the next time we vote (in this case Municipally & Provincially) to address these problems??