Cullen Slams Conservatives Over Economy
Ottawa, Ont. – Nathan Cullen has criticized the Harper Conservative’s for what he calls their “inaction” on the economy.
He says today’s decision by the Bank of Canada to cut its growth forecast to zero is alarming and proves his point.
“Our economy is in a very tough spot,” says Cullen, “and the Harper government is still asleep at the switch. Manufacturing sales have slumped and the government is continuing its rampant rip-and-ship model to export as many resources as fast as they can be extracted without any value-added jobs.”
He notes news out of the Bank of Canada comes on the same day the Broadbent Institute released a damning report on the economy.
“Which says unemployment has grown, job quality is lagging and pay inequality has increased under Stephen Harper’s watch since taking power in 2006.”
Cullen adds the report also shows “that the growth of full-time work in 2014 is being stunted by the growth of low-paying, part-time and precarious jobs,” while youth unemployment sits at 13.5%.
He says the NDP has a better plan which includes “a sustainable, costed plan to support small business and manufacturing,” and which would “reduce child poverty, and provide affordable, quality childcare to all Canadians.”
One person who doesn’t agree with Cullen’s analysis is Prince George-Peace River Conservative MP Bob Zimmer.
“I disagree with some of his alleged facts I guess,” says Zimmer. “Since we’ve formed government 1.2 million jobs have been created of which 80% are private sector full-time jobs.”
He adds he doesn’t believe his government bears any responsibility for the news out of the Bank of Canada.
“No I don’t think so, I think we see a downturn in terms of the price of oil,” he says. “It’s hurt Canada, especially Alberta. But those 1.2 million jobs are still there and I see oil and resource prices coming up very soon.”
Zimmer doubts the NDP would manage the economy any better.
“Every time we turn around the NDP is trying to get in the way of national resource based projects in B.C. Take Cullen’s anti-tanker bill for instance. Instead of wanting to create economic opportunity he wants to stifle it.”