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Feds admit they have no way to calculate number of green jobs

The admission from the Natural Resources department comes after Minister Seamus O’Regan and the Liberal cabinet claimed of hundred of thousands of jobs have been created

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The feds admit there is no statistical way to back up its claims of creating green jobs, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The admission from the Natural Resources department comes after Minister Seamus O’Regan and the Liberal cabinet claimed of hundred of thousands of jobs have been created, and O’Regan’s pledge to subsidize any green project, “anything really.”

“There are no consistent and comprehensive statistical studies done on employment covering the range of industries that make up the clean fuels sector in Canada, e.g. preprocessing, production, distribution, and manufacturing of clean fuel technologies,” O’Regan’s department wrote in a memo.

Staff said they will have to hire consultants to submit questionnaires to industry on “clean energy” payrolls in Canada, but no budget was detailed.

“The objective of this study is to help establish baseline employment statistics in the Canadian clean fuels sector,” wrote staff.

“This work will define clean fuels and the clean fuels sector for the purposes of tracking employment.”

The departments of industry and environment since 2019 had repeatedly claimed the green sector employs hundreds of thousands in Canada. Neither department would comment on the new questionnaire.

“Clean technology is an economic engine for Canada,” the Department of Industry said in a 2019 statement.

“This industry provides good, well-paying jobs to more than 180,000.”

“There are 180,000 jobs in Canada that actually rely on clean tech,” Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told the Commons on Feb. 25, 2020. Political aides did not account for the 180,000 figure.

Wilkinson in repeated remarks to the Commons said green technology was “creating thousands of jobs across the country,” would “grow good middle-class jobs” and “will create jobs and economic prosperity.”

“It’s an opportunity for us to think about how we create jobs,” he said last October 8.

O’Regan in March 2 testimony at the Commons committee on Canada-U.S. economic relations said he welcomed all applications for federal aid in the name of job creation.

“We’re willing to look at anything really, you know, if it seems like it’s a good idea and it can help us lower emissions and protect our workers,” said O’Regan.

“Tidal energy in Nova Scotia, we put $9.4 million towards that. We’re putting money towards geothermal energy in Alberta. We’ve got $15 million worth of solar farms in Alberta. We’re building solar farms in Prince Edward Island.”

“All of these things will help us lower emissions. All of these things will create jobs.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Fergus Hodgson

    July 13, 2021 at 10:27 am

    What a surprise. If you don’t have evidence or data, just make it up and pretend it is significant.

  2. Left Coast

    July 13, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Scamus O’Regan is a typical Lieberal Cabinet Minister . . . he has NO Clue what he is talking about.

    Green Jobs is a Euphemism for China JOBS . . . as they build all the windmills & solar panels.

    These are Part-Time Solutions for a Full-Time problem . . . aka they just don’t work to support a modern industrial city EVER!

    The fact that Canada is already 75% Green because of Hydro Power seems to escape this fool . . . and that any further changes except more Nuclear as useless.
    Why not wait till China & India get to 75% . . . and then we will talk?

  3. Lily briggs

    July 12, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Can not calculate something that is only a dream in the Liberals mind .🙄

  4. CodexCoder

    July 12, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Let’s be clear. Other than civil service jobs which are funded on the backs of the taxpayer and businesses, the government is incapable of creating any new jobs that generate revenue to sustain itself. It is a parasite.

    Second, the government, and I don’t care what level you talk about, is incapable of picking winning and losing trends in the free market. Oh, it can force a direction in the free market through force of law, but that never succeeds because there are no personal, direct consequences for the decision makers, like bankruptcy, poverty or imprisonment. With no direct feedback, bad decisions persist unabated.

    So all of the talk about the future from any government is bovine excrement. They cannot predict with any reliability any future events, or job paths because they cannot successfully create any job paths. When ever Shameless O’Reekin starts in about the future being green jobs, the opposition simply has to ask him what those green jobs will be and demand concrete proof that they are certain. They neither know, nor can they predict as they have no crystal ball other than the cudgel of legislation.

  5. Claudette Leece

    July 12, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    The Liberals couldn’t calculate, what it cost to add cheese to a burger. To begin with the green movement is nothing but left wing, rich folks riding the gravy train

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EXCLUSIVE: Country star running for UCP president to force Kenney leadership vote

Sources tell the Western Standard that George Canyon will run for the presidency of the party in order to trigger an earlier leadership review.

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Alberta country star George Canyon is set to announce he’s running for the presidency of the United Conservative Party, multiple sources tell the Western Standard.

But Canyon is not seeking a typical mandate for a party president, however, but will be running on a platform of holding an early leadership review of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.

Several sources in the party told the Western Standard Canyon will make the announcement this week.

The UCP will hold its annual general meeting November 19-21 at the Grey Eagle Resort, where members present will elect a new board of directors for the party.

Candidates running on an explicit mandate of triggering a leadership review is rare in Canadian politics.

Canyon placed second in the 2019 federal election under the Conservative banner in his native Nova Scotia, but lives in Alberta.

The country music star regularly sings the national anthem at Calgary Flames games at the Saddledome.

Canyon’s entry into the political fray comes as Kenney’s leadership has been under siege since he imposed a fourth round of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns last week, including a vaccine passport, something he vowed never to do.

A UCP Caucus meeting is set for Wednesday and Kenney’s leadership is expected to be the main point of discussion.

Dozens of grassroots UCP constituency associations have joined forces to call for an early leadership review of Kenney. The party currently has one scheduled in late 2022, only six months before the next provincial election.

UCP VP of policy Joel Mullan wrote an open letter in the Western Standard Tuesday that called for Kenney to go immediately.

“My responsibility is to look at the reality —not wish it away — and take the necessary steps to protect the health care system,” Kenney said.

“Let’s deal with those things at the right time, after this crisis.”

He said any move to hold a leadership race now would be “grossly irresponsible.”

Kenney was asked if the internal turmoil in the UCP was what led to the resignation of Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

“I am focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID, not politics,” Kenney said.

“We have to protect the health care system to prevent needless deaths — we will not allow politics to distract us.”

Kenney may not go so easily however.

One UCP MLA says Alberta Premier Jason Kenney would rather “blow up” the government than admit he was wrong about COVID-19 and resign.

The MLA, who spoke to the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity, made the comment prior to thee Tuesday afternoon Kenney cabinet shuffle.

“This is a desperate bid by Kenney to save his leadership,” the MLA said of Shandro’s removal.

“Most of us agree Shandro is incompetent and must go, but he was acting under orders directly from Kenney.

“It looks pathetic and is only designed to stave off a vote of no-confidence from the caucus tomorrow,” the MLA said.

“Rather than go gracefully, [Kenney] would rather blow the whole thing up than step down gracefully.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Kenney says leadership review now would be ‘grossly irresponsible’

When asked at a Tuesday press conference by the Toronto Star about the Mullan letter, Kenney responded there has been opposition to his health care policy “since Day 1.”

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney last night rejected any calls for an immediate leadership review of him as “grossly irresponsible.”

Kenney has been under withering attacks for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis in Alberta, which led to the “resignation” Tuesday of Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

A UCP caucus meeting is set for Wednesday and Kenney’s leadership is expected to be the main point of discussion.

Dozens of grassroots UCP constituency associations have joined forces to call for an early leadership review of Kenney. The party currently has one scheduled in late 2022, only six months before the next provincial election.

UCP VP of policy Joel Mullan wrote an open letter in the Western Standard Tuesday called for Kenney to go immediately.

When asked at a Tuesday press conference by the Toronto Star about the Mullan letter, Kenney responded there has been opposition to his health care policy “since Day 1.”

“My responsibility is to look at the reality — not wish it away — and take the necessary steps to protect the health care system,” Kenney said.

“Let’s deal with those things at the right time, after this crisis.”

Kenney was asked if the internal turmoil within the UCP was what led to the resignation of Shandro.

“I am focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID, not politics,” Kenney said.

“We have to protect the health care system to prevent needless deaths — we will not allow politics to distract us.”

Kenney said he knew when he brought in the fourth wave of COVID-19 lockdowns last week and flip-flopped on his promise not to bring in vaccine passports there would be internal grumblings.

He said the COVID-19 cabinet committee has had 12 hours of “respectful” meeting time with the full UCP caucus.

Kenney pointed out the People’s Party of Canada, which ran on an anti-vaccination platform, took 8% of the vote in Alberta in the federal election.

“Let me be blunt, those people likely voted for me in the last provincial election,” Kenney said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Kenney said shuffle was ‘time for a fresh start’

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 29 Albertans died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, including people who had been doubled-vaxxed, but included many people who hadn’t received any vaccinations at all.

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Tyler Shandro wasn’t fired as health minister, he resigned, says Premier Jason Kenney.

Answering questions after Tuesday’s cabinet shuffle, Kenney said he accepted the resignation from Shandro from the health portfolio.

“Tyler’s dedication to the job has never been questioned. He brought his heart to the job,” Kenney said.

“It’s time for a fresh start.”

Kenney denied the shuffle was done to appease critics in the UCP caucus clamouring for action.

“We are focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID-19, not politics,” said Kenney.

Kenney promoted Labour Minister Jason Copping to health and put Shandro in his old portfolio in labour.

Kenney said bringing in vaccine passports has had a dramatic effect on the number of people getting vaccinated.

A total of 23,000 people were vaccinated on Monday with 78,000 jabs being given out in the last few days.

A total of 81.4% of people have received at least one vaccine with 72.8% having two jabs.

Since they were made available on Sunday, more than two million Albertans printed out their vaccination passports, Kenney said.

He said Alberta Health Services has expanded the number of ICU beds in the province to 337.

Copping said he was honoured to be named health minister in this “pivotal time.”

He said he has three goals: to increase hospital capacities permanently, educate the unvaccinated on why they should get jabs and to prepare the hospital system for any future waves of COVID.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 29 Albertans had died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, including people who had been doubled-vaxxed, but included many people who hadn’t received any vaccinations at all.

She said the province had identified 1,500 new cases in the last day from 13,600 tests for an 11.1% positivity rate.

There are 996 people in hospital as of September 21 with COVID, and 222 in ICU.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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