Tories say workers leaving the province nothing to be pround of
CHARLOTTETOWN – Tory leader Steven Myers is concerned over the latest Prince Edward Island unemployment rates.
Myers says it’s proof of the Liberals failure to make job creation a priority.
The Opposition says the numbers released by Statistics Canada indicate that while the unemployment rate in P.E.I. dropped to 10.6 percent in August from 11.8 percent in July, the drop was primarily because Islanders had left the workforce, and because some Islanders found part-time employment over the summer.
“The Ghiz Government should not be pleased with these numbers,” said Myers. “Our business community has lost faith in this government, and so too have Islanders looking for work.”
Myers pointed out that the employment rate may look as though it improved, but that it comes at the expense of Islanders moving elsewhere for work.
“The numbers show that islanders are leaving the province to find work, and that’s nothing to be proud of.
“This government has bled small businesses and their employees dry with dramatically increased fees, a 350 per cent small business tax hike, and the imposition of HST on families, all of which hinder job creation.”