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Poilievre’s unpredictable flirtation with labour

A disconnect between wages and productivity is emerging as one of the biggest risks to the nation’s economy going into 2024. If a future Prime Minister Poilievre wants to bring down inflation without leaning against wage gains—risking the inroads he's been attempting to make with organized labour—then he’ll need to figure out a solution to Canada’s productivity morass.

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There is irony here in that one group continuously demands governments get out of their way, while pleading for government intervention to give them an unlimited supply of unskilled labour from abroad.

Then there is the thorny issue of supply management lingering in the corner like a chunk of Vieux Boulogne, where a select few (producers) engorge and enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else (consumers). To borrow a line from Theo Argitis, good luck with that.

A day of reckoning is desperately needed for Corporate Canada. They can’t keep having it both ways. We’re either a free-market economy or we’re not.

15th January 2024 at 8:34 am

And Trudeau is neck deep in this…. snc!!!

15th January 2024 at 4:52 pm
Gary Oxenforth

Importing non skilled non english speaking labour does not help the economy to say nothing of DEI downgradeing our abilities.

15th January 2024 at 10:02 am

Bring in foreigners to cull deer on Vancouver Island out of helicopters with ar15 which according to Trudeau and Blair are useless for hunting …hunters and first nations would have done that harvest for free …instead Trudeau is costing usv1 million dollars for it!!!

15th January 2024 at 4:58 pm
Paul Attics

Trending downward productivity is generally bad but is it really “failing” and “a hot mess”?

Check the 25 year trends chart via the link below…

Per-worker Productivity is presumably a complex figure to calculate with many factors. I wonder to what extent is investment by business in worker productivity lacking?

Big business seems to really appreciate labour, it is just the “troublesome” workers that they could do without.

15th January 2024 at 9:38 am
A. Chezzi

I hope that labour leans from the experience of trusting Doug Ford. Nothing good comes for labour by supporting the Con.

15th January 2024 at 9:05 am
Kim Morton

Nothing good comes from anyone trusting a liberal.

15th January 2024 at 11:18 am

In this case it’s true because Ford is a liberal!!!

15th January 2024 at 5:00 pm
John Trainor

Not sure why it would be considered unpredictable……union ideology sometimes trumps jobs but at the end of the day union workers want to be able to buy groceries and pay the mortgage……Pollievre is focused on things like that as Trudeau’s facade melts away.

15th January 2024 at 3:29 pm
Bob Peacock

I find this incredible that the Labour Movement in this Country would listen to anything that P.P. has to say.
This man and the Conservative Party overall have never been friendly to the working person, and they will not start now.
This is just another foray for P.P. into his “transition” from bad to worse. Hopefully, and I do have faith, that people will see through him and all the Con parties in this Country. They would rip this Country apart if they were allowed and have trump as their ‘KING’.

15th January 2024 at 2:40 pm

Another brainwashed unionists….pierre wants everyone of us to have every opportunity that is available without the Trudeau ndp communist mantra trumpeted at every turn ….unions support Trudeau and ndp because tgey are totally on board with controlling every aspect of your life!!!

15th January 2024 at 5:05 pm
Kim Morton

The Conservatives had best learn how to play nice with organized labour. Not to do so is handing votes to the NDP. Which would mean another 4 years of rampant inflation and more taxpayer debt. Certain businesses, primarily in Ontario and Quebec have never done anything but suck up tax money and claim they are creating jobs. Meanwhile, in the West, where most of the real economic activity is the liberals go out of their way to inhibit business.

15th January 2024 at 11:23 am

F all unions!!!

15th January 2024 at 5:00 pm
Michael F

Triple Beam Dougie and Boris are not the type of company one should aspire to. Conservatives have never been an ally of the working man.

15th January 2024 at 10:08 am

Another socialist/communist regurgitated his control everyone union bs

15th January 2024 at 5:02 pm
Michael F

Enjoy your weekend? You can thank organized labour.

15th January 2024 at 7:49 pm
John Williamson

Pierre understands that inflation is not the result of ‘wages’ – Its the result of drunken government spending. Fixing one doesn’t necessitate the decimation of the other….Solving the issue of productivity is relatively straightforward….Its understanding that productivity comes from entrepreneurs wanting to invest in Canada…and the creation of products that the world will pay a premium to have….not the hiring of more public sector drones….

15th January 2024 at 8:36 pm

Whatever you say Theo!!???

15th January 2024 at 4:50 pm
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15th January 2024 at 3:28 pm