Ghiz government's job creation record scrutinized

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Innovation Minister Allen Roach

The province’s job creation record was scrutinized today during question period when the Opposition Tories pointed to data released last month by Statistics Canada showing P.E.I. had the highest unemployment-to-job vacancies ratio in the country.

In December 2013, 20 people in P.E.I. were unemployed for every one job vacancy, up from eight the previous year.

“Do you think the ratio of 20 to one is a sign of job creation?” Opposition Leader Steven Myers asked Innovation Minister Allen Roach.

In response, Roach produced a different set of data from Statistics Canada showing Prince Edward Island was third in employment growth in the country last year, behind Alberta and Saskatchewan.

“Last year we had the highest number of people working full time ever in the history of the province,” he said.

Roach also pointed to the fact P.E.I. was one of the leaders in population growth in the country.

He blamed P.E.I.’s out migration numbers, which last year were the highest they’ve been in 30 years, on the federal government’s controversial employment insurance changes.

“The only thing that changed that had a direct effect on those numbers is the EI rules that the federal government has imposed on all Canadians across the country,” Roach said.

“This government is doing a great job of creating employment in Prince Edward Island, and if we didn’t have to constantly fight against the policies of the federal government, we’d be doing a lot better.”

“Shame on Tories,” Ghiz quipped, applauding his minister.

But Myers continued to point to the job vacancy ratio, questioning how Roach could be proud of his job creation numbers while looking at those statistics.

“He’s blaming EI for all of his problems, if you went out and created jobs, there would be jobs for people to apply to again, there wouldn’t be 20 people applying for each job because they’d have a job,” Myers said.

Organizations: Statistics Canada

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Saskatchewan

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  • Craig
    April 10, 2014 - 08:14

    There are lots of jobs on pei just not sure islanders are getting them or want them! 100 Chinese hired in beach point, 50 Chinese in Georgetown , plants and farmers looking for foreign workers because there are no workers applying for jobs from pei!

  • AMAZED
    April 09, 2014 - 17:43

    Previous `Tory government had a great job creation scheme...fire everyone and hire Tory faithful !Taxpayers are still paying for that scam ,not only court costs but the incompetence of unqualified people they placed in the civil service .That will hurt PEI for many years yet!

  • Just about right!
    April 09, 2014 - 16:49

    20 unemployed people for every vacant job on PEI is just about right on the mark for Roach and his of job creation!!

  • intobed
    April 09, 2014 - 15:27

    I am sure this article is just a mistake. A year ago a UPEI professor went around PEI telling everyone that with the HST companies would be more competitive, would have more money, and would hire more workers. Prices would go down, and the economy would boom. How could someone is such a position be so wrong?

    • Frank
      April 09, 2014 - 20:37

      How could Sheridan, Roach and so many other government "Ministers"and the prof be wrong ? Simple - none of them work for a living - all are on the public trough without any connection to reality. None of them actually contribute to wealth creation - just like "Whine" Easter - all sucking from the public purse. How many of them have actually run a business, employed people or made a positive contribution to the public purse or job creation on PEI ? Ask them - you might get some funny answers

    • crmwell
      April 09, 2014 - 21:09

      Remember the old saying 'Them that can; do - Them that can't; teach'.