Letters to the Editor

Jobs plan was just hot air

To the Editor,

Re: Editorial cartoon, Feb. 25.

The cartoon was brilliant! There’s Christy Clark, sitting in the gondola of an aircraft balloon, with nothing but a toy balloon to raise her aloft,  while she exults in the heady ride that is to come. The gondola is labelled ‘LNG.’

Two years ago, Clark unveiled her jobs plan when she promised the private sector would create thousands of new jobs. Reality check: the private sector actually lost 12,000 jobs in the first ten months of 2013. And have you noticed where many new jobs are located? In the North and in Alberta. A recent article reported the increased activity at Nanaimo airport with all the charters carrying our young men to Fort McMurray and Kitimat. What a life. Dad has to live the dreary life in camps while mom has to manage the household and bring up the children alone, often along with a job of her own.

Adrian Dix had a much better idea:  Provide training for our young people so they will have more choices of where to work. A skilled workforce develops our most valuable resource, our people.

Arlene Feke

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