Sometimes, it’s like beating your head against a brick wall

I thought we were getting some traction. With a number of good columnists like Alec Bruce and even old Bill Belliveau making solid points. A few bloggers saying the right stuff.

But the mainstream media just doesn’t get it.

And neither, I’m afraid to say, does the government. Same crap, different day.

New Brunswick’s labour force dropped by an estimated 9,400 people from Feb 2006 to Feb 2007 on a seasonally adjusted basis (not the 5,400 reported by the T&T). The only province to register a decline in labour force year over year and likely the biggest single drop in recent history (I never checked but in my experience that kind of drop is unprecedented).

And the mainstream media writes:

NB jobless rate hits record low (T&T)
Unemployment rate hits 30 year low (TJ)
Capital region’s unemployment rate down to 5.7% (DG)

Cripes, only the good old CBC – the source many of you like to crap on – actually reported the real story – the 9,000 drop in the labour force.

The good Lord help me, I’ll be an advocate for the CBC till the end of my days.

The Irving papers served up our old friend Samuel LeBreton with a rosy reporting – glossing over the decline in labour force.

And the government? The group talking about self-sufficiency? I’ll let you judge for yourself:

“The fact that nearly 360,000 New Brunswickers were working in the province last month is an indication that our plan under the Charter for Change, to make economic development a priority again, is starting to show results,” Doherty said. “We have a clear plan for making job creation a priority again, which I believe will yield real results over the long term, and these early results are encouraging,” Doherty said.

Unbelieveable. That’s the only word for it. Here Doherty and gang have a golden opportunity – hard data – to push their case for New Brunswick needing a serious economic makeover (you have been reading the Self Sufficiency stuff, no?) and they lob this crap on the people of New Brunswick.

Reading the local rags, every New Brunswick with half a brain will think things are booming. After reading stories in all three English rags, you would hardly have any sense of the seriousness of the labour market problems.

We are still friggin’ stuck in a 1980 mentality when everything rose and fell based on your unemployment rate.

Let me tell you something. The low unemployment rate in New Brunswick is a sign of the weakness of the economy, folks. The weakness. And not one bureacrat, one friggin’ newspaper and not one friggin’ pundit gives a rip. Only the oft maligned CBC got it right.

9,400 working age adults leaving the workforce in one year is a crisis – a never before seen crisis in New Brunswick. If those 9,400 New Brunswickers were working in New Brunswick and made just the average full time income, that would add $385 million per year in payroll to the provincial economy. That would add over $70 million per year to the tax coffers of the province.

And all the media can rave about is the unemployment.

Unbelieveable.

We deserve our fate. We really do.

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0 Responses to Sometimes, it’s like beating your head against a brick wall

  1. MonctonLandlord says:

    Thanks again, DC, you answer many of my questions with facts. One good thing about Doherty’s quote, is a clear indication that the Charter for Change has already begun, since he takes credit for the 360,000 NBers working, we can use this figure to measure success monthly.

  2. mikel says:

    Good blog except: “we deserve our fate, we really do”. You are not talking about three media, you are talking about ONE family.

    The liberal party as just another branch of the Irving Party has been said umpteen times. Irving is well known for pushing the status quo-‘everything is fine, everything is well in hand, no need to get involved’.

    The tipoff was weeks ago when the Telegraph Journal SPONSORED the Speech from the Throne (the Premier needs a sponsor to give a speech?) and Jamie Irving gave the opening address.

    That means nothing about ‘we’. WE have been saying for decades that its a horrible idea to let one family own all the media, let alone businesses in so many areas. How many? Well, nobody knows.

    Don’t get caught up in the ‘we get what we deserve’ kind of remarks, just trying to buck you up. Put blame where blame is due. Got a problem with Irving’s press, don’t blame US, blame government and Irving. ‘We’ have nothing to do with it.

    When New Brunswick adopts that one big regulation that is so much more common in the states-democracy; when New Brunswickers actually start voting themselves on policy decisions then at least that claim ‘may’ hold some water. But New Brunswickers are as powerless to control their fate as was Richard Harris. And no, that’s not New Brunswickers fault, and nobody deserves the fate that results from decisions they had no part in making, particularly when it results from lies and deceit.

    To make a point though, being exasperated can be good so long as it doesn’t last. The only way to challenge these things is POLITICALLY. That means getting involved politically. There is only one provincial party that ever deviates from Irving, that’s the NDP. Don’t like the NDP, go check out the Atlantica Party, I believe they are trying to start provincial parties as well.

    The point is, blogs only go so far. People tend to tune them out for one simply reason-THERE IS NOTHING THEY CAN DO. You write a letter to the editor, it doesn’t get printed. You put a soapbox out on the curb, you get arrested. You can write your MLA, and you get a token response.

    I know many of you bloggers are still waiting for a ‘leader’. That’s not what grassroots is all about, and there is a reason that government’s biggest fear has ALWAYS been the people it governs, not ‘atlantica’ or the US or China, hell, not even Al queda. It is YOU. Time Magazine’s ‘person of the year’. People have political power, but only when they work together, which is why governments and media spend so much time thinking of ways to keep people divided.

    As you know I personally think your ideas about foreign investment are off the mark, but I’d still fly home and campaign for you and send you what measly dollars I have. That’s because of ‘unity’. And more New Brunswickers have that than you know. Just go to the government website where they have the self sufficiency forums, just read some of them. You can practically feel the passion in those letters, and those are all people who know damn well that the government will do what it wants regardless.

  3. mikel says:

    To make a point though, being exasperated can be good so long as it doesn’t last. The only way to challenge these things is POLITICALLY. That means getting involved politically. There is only one provincial party that ever deviates from Irving, that’s the NDP. Don’t like the NDP, go check out the Atlantica Party, I believe they are trying to start provincial parties as well.

    The point is, blogs only go so far. People tend to tune them out for one simply reason-THERE IS NOTHING THEY CAN DO. You write a letter to the editor, it doesn’t get printed. You put a soapbox out on the curb, you get arrested. You can write your MLA, and you get a token response.

    I know many of you bloggers are still waiting for a ‘leader’. That’s not what grassroots is all about, and there is a reason that government’s biggest fear has ALWAYS been the people it governs, not ‘atlantica’ or the US or China, hell, not Al queda. It is YOU. Time Magazine’s ‘person of the year’. People have political power, but only when they work together, which is why governments and media spend so much time thinking of ways to keep people divided.

    As you know I personally think your ideas about foreign investment are off the mark, but I’d still fly home and campaign for you and send you what measly dollars I have. That’s because of ‘unity’. And more New Brunswickers have that than you know. Just go to the government website where they have the self sufficiency forums, just read some of them. You can practically feel the passion in those letters, and those are all people who know damn well that the government will do what it wants regardless.

    I’m not waiting for a leader, at some point I hope all the bloggers will say ‘enough of this sideline bullshit’ and get in the game. Perhaps thats the fatal flaw though, that those who most want change are least likely to try and implement it.

  4. cp says:

    Great post. You’ve served to highlight the difference between Self Sufficiency as political messaging versus Self Sufficiency as an actual agenda. I’m quite confident that time will show that Graham et al are a lot more interested in talking about Self Sufficiency than actually achieving it.