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The outsized economic effects of Canada’s cratering self-employment

Public-sector employment is expanding faster than private-sector employment and self-employment. It is probably not entirely coincidental that our expanding public sector is being accompanied by poor real per capita GDP growth.

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Gail

I found it disappointing that after I read the article and all the addendums there were no real figures of the cost of immigrants receiving government paid benefits . There were no figures of how many are gainfully employed . There were no figures about which countries the immigrants are coming from . Therefore the survey just attempts to condone DEI and that in itself appears to invalidate the percentages.

11th April 2024 at 7:49 am
Michael B

To unemployment figures should be added non-participation rates of the working age population. These are the individuals aged 15 to 64 who have no job and are not actively looking for one. Currently the rate is hovering around 35%. (StatsCan – Labour Force Survey, December 2023)
Of course, among the non-participants are full time students, early retirees, parents who opt to remain home and the severely disabled. However, the non-participation percentage represents almost 9 million of the 25,562,600 in the working age bracket. That’s a number that demands attention.

11th April 2024 at 9:49 am
Kim Morton

The other important figure not included is the people whose EI has run out. According to our government, they are not considered unemployed, even if they do not find a job.

11th April 2024 at 10:46 am
Susan

I remember the 1990’s very well. Canada was in dire financial straits, being warned that our economy could not survive if we did not take dramatic action. Thus the government of the day started to reduce its own workforce dramatically. The first organization to be hit, was the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence, hoping that no other reductions would be required. The Defence budget was essentially halved – bases and units across the country were closed and the number of civilian employees and military members was halved. The hurt was also felt very acutely here in the Ottawa region, but it was also felt in many communities across the country, some of which have not recovered as whole government functions closed down.
It was very painful then and can be again if the federal government does not stop spending like the proverbial drunken sailor (apologies to sailors) and be forced by international financial pressures again.

The removal of personal responsibility and insistence that no one can succeed without everyone else being dragged backwards cannot continue. People who are successful have work hard and long. The majority of them deserve the fruits of their labour, ingenuity and own sacrifices. Certainly they can be expected to and do contribute to those not as fortunate, but as policy it is not their duty to ensure every citizen has what they have worked hard to attain.
We have not yet turned into a socialist system of government and should not, but I fear that this is the direction the Liberals and its NDP partners are taking us, in the short term. Further the Canadian Constitution clearly delineates federal and provincial responsibilities and authorities. The current Government needs to stop interfering in areas of provincial jurisdiction unless it has broad consensus from the provinces (not municipalities). I do not hold out much hope as the PM seems to largely ignore his federal responsibilities .
All this to say, it is time for the federal government needs to focus its own responsibilities, as for every dip into other areas requires a new department or overseeing body to develop and oversee programmes, distribute money and monitor the success (or lack thereof) of the new provincial and municipal programs. It would be a better use of our tax dollars to create a culture of personal responsibility, encouraging entrepreneurial skills and development (large and small). This would reduce the resources devoted to public sector employment and encourage greater employment opportunities in the private sector.

11th April 2024 at 3:48 pm