B.C. Liberals continue to fail on jobs, still neglecting most sectors of the economy

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VICTORIA – Friday’s release from Statistics Canada shows the B.C. Liberal government continues to fail on jobs, and the New Democrats say that isn’t surprising considering the Liberals are neglecting virtually every sector in the province.

“The B.C. Liberals only have one card in their deck, and that’s gas,” said New Democrat finance critic Mike Farnworth. “Our potential for LNG is important, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of every other sector in the province.

“Our LNG industry could show benefits years down the line if the Liberals don’t mess it up. But when and if it gets off the ground, it won’t offset the damage we’re seeing now due to Liberal neglect of the other important sectors.”

Today’s Statistics Canada numbers show B.C. shed another 1,900 jobs last month, and the province continues  to rank near the bottom when it comes to private sector job growth since the premier made job promises in September 2011.

“A year after the premier said she will create jobs in the private sector, Statistics Canada Numbers showed she failed,” said New Democrat jobs critic Harry Bains. “Her excuse was to say wait until next year, but at the two-year mark, the numbers showed she was still failing.

“We’re quickly approaching the premier’s third anniversary of jobs failure.”

Statistics Canada also showed the unemployment rate increased to 6.1 per cent, the worst unemployment rate of the western provinces.

“It’s no wonder that nearly 12,000 people have fled British Columbia over the last two years, looking for job opportunities in other provinces,” said Farnworth.