Winnipeg’s employment record lags behind those of other large cities in Canada since Greg Selinger became NDP premier in 2009, Statistics Canada figures show.
“Since Greg Selinger became premier in 2009, Winnipeg’s unemployment rate has actually increased,” said Opposition Jobs and the Economy Critic Heather Stefanson. “The continued growth in NDP high taxes under Selinger is hurting Manitoba’s largest city. Most large cities in Canada have seen their unemployment rates decrease by at least a whole percentage point since the recession, but Winnipeg is going the other way under Selinger and the NDP.”
Of the 10 largest cities in Canada, Winnipeg is one of only three that has seen its unemployment rate increase since 2009. Winnipeg has had the second-worst job growth record among all large cities in Canada since 2009, in addition to the greatest decline in the employment rate.
The premier can try to spin Winnipeg’s jobs numbers all he wants. He can’t change the real statistics on the city’s unemployment. With the NDP, Manitobans are paying more and getting less.