Justin Trudeau’s Promise to Reduce Unemployment by June is Around 246,000 Jobs Short

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on August 6, 2021

Although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had been touting his Liberal government’s ability to get Canada’s economy back on track after the COVID-19 pandemic, the unemployment numbers across Canada have been bouncing back at a snail’s pace.

Members of the Canadian media have been uncritically reporting the fact Canada added 94,000 jobs in July and the overall unemployment rate dropped by 0.3 percent, without including how relatively weak those numbers are compared to the United States.

Canada’s unemployment rate was still at a high 7.5 percent at the end of July when the United States was already down to an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent by the end of June, due to greater efforts to get Americans off of government programs and back to work. 

United States unemployment rate June 2020 to June 2021.

United States unemployment rate June 2020 to June 2021.

Despite there being little to no danger in Canadians returning to work each month, Trudeau, according to MP Pierre Poilievre, is still 246,000 jobs short of meeting his promise to restore all the jobs lost during the pandemic by June 2021. 

It seems like a major oversight on the part of the Canadian legacy media that the Prime Minister is asking for another government mandate from Canadians with over a quarter million jobs short of a promise he made to restore Canada’s economy.

A lot of the blame can be put on the Liberals’ election strategy. Conservative Canadians have been pointing out that Trudeau seems to be trying to outright buy votes with bloated “emergency” benefit programs like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the former of which has been a major driver to people staying home rather than going back to work. 

Trudeau is probably hoping that Canadians associate him tossing money at people to not work over the last year was what got Canada through the pandemic, while ignoring the non-stop money printing, and forget that he was supposed to help create 246,000 jobs by now.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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