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Jobs minister Pierre Poilievre deletes tweet about job losses, keeps tweet about Drake

June’s job numbers are in. No doubt you are already asking yourself: how did Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre react to the news? Despite Statistics Canada reporting a net job loss of 6,400 jobs, with 71,000 part-time job losses offsetting any gains in full-time employment, or the problem of 26,000 fewer youths having a job in June compared […]

July 10, 2015

June’s job numbers are in.

No doubt you are already asking yourself: how did Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre react to the news?

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Despite Statistics Canada reporting a net job loss of 6,400 jobs, with 71,000 part-time job losses offsetting any gains in full-time employment, or the problem of 26,000 fewer youths having a job in June compared with a month earlier, Poilievre took to Twitter and triumphantly announced “an increase of nearly 65,000 full time jobs in June.” 

However, only two hours later, Poilievre’s tweet was deleted without explanation.

What happened?

Well, for one thing, Poilievre appears to have been citing a satirical twitter account that tweets made-up facts about Canada. @StatCan_eng is Statistics Canada’s real twitter account, @Stats_Canada is a joke account:

Another thing is the new Labour Force Survey actually lends further evidence to the growing belief that the Canadian economy is already in recession.

Friday’s job numbers show job growth fell from 0.4% in the first quarter to 0.2% in the second quarter, suggesting GDP is likely not picking up.

In the first quarter of 2015, Canada’s real GDP shrank by 0.1%. While second quarter data is not yet available, Bank of America and TD Bank, to name only two examples, say Canada is already in recession.

Also on Friday, Poilievre tweeted a video edited to show Grammy Award-winning Canadian rapper Drake applauding a recent speech Poilievre delivered about the need for more trades jobs:

That video was created in response to another video produced by Employment and Social Development Canada, wherein a clip of Poilievre delivering a speech on skilled trades is creatively edited with a clip of a crowd gathered in a sports stadium applauding a little too intensely: 

Photo: ESDC, Instagram

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10 reasons why Stephen Harper is the one who is too “risky” for Canada

With Canada heading for a recession and the Conservatives at historical lows in polls, Stephen Harper appears to be trying out a new strategy: scare everyone and call his opponents “risky!” It was bad enough when they used traumatizing footage from the executions of actual human beings for their latest attack ad, borrowing video from what Defence Minister Jason Kenney […]

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With Canada heading for a recession and the Conservatives at historical lows in polls, Stephen Harper appears to be trying out a new strategy: scare everyone and call his opponents “risky!”

It was bad enough when they used traumatizing footage from the executions of actual human beings for their latest attack ad, borrowing video from what Defence Minister Jason Kenney had previously described as “brutal terrorist snuff videos.”

Now, Harper is portraying himself as an “island of stability” while…