Remember the following, as noted earlier this year in a VSun piece authored by Jeff Lee?
...“Just a few months ago, Christy Clark told CTV that if people are concerned about housing affordability they should move to Fort St. John or Prince Rupert,” he (NDP Housing critic David Eby) said...
Somehow I don't think the latest news about how things are going in Northeastern BC, as reported by Jonny Wakefield in the Dawson Creek Mirror, is going to cause a lot of folks in having a tough time making a go of it in Lotusland to suddenly pull up stakes and hightail it up to Fort St. John:
Northeast B.C.’s unemployment rate has risen into the double digits.
The region had a 10.1 per cent unemployment rate in November, according to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey released Dec. 2.
The rate is the highest of B.C.’s 11 development regions, followed by the Kootenays, which saw an 8.9 per cent unemployment rate.
One year ago, Northeast B.C.’s unemployment rate was 7.6 per cent.
Unemployment has risen steadily in the northeast since late 2014, when the region entered a prolonged downturn brought on by a drop in oil and gas prices...
But, then again, if this issue were to come up in polite conversation and/or the legislature of British Columbia I suppose our fine Premier could always blame this latest state of affairs on the 1990's.
Or some such thing.
Interesting how we didn't hear about the numbers from the Northeast or the most recent province-wide job trends in the BC Liberal government caucus' trumpeting of employment 'good news' yesterday, eh?
And, ya, I know that this type of thing won't be coming up anytime soon the legislature....As for the possibility that it could emerge in any follow-up and/or in-depth anlaysis from the puffed-up punditry that move amongst us as part Lotusland's proMedia landed gentry?.....Not likely... The exception to that rule is a solid piece that looks at both the big and small pictures re: the latest employment numbers by Jen St. Denis in Metro Vancouver.