OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Today, MP for Calgary-Nose Hill Michelle Rempel and MP for Edmonton Riverbend Matt Jeneroux, announced that they are launching the Alberta Jobs Taskforce in response to the growing jobs crisis in the province of Alberta.
Unemployment is quickly reaching a crisis situation in Alberta. Since the beginning of 2015, the number of Albertans out of work has nearly doubled to 200,000. For a province that was until recently the economic engine of Canada, this situation affects the whole country and demands swift and dedicated action.
“The people of Alberta have worked hard for generations, and the entire nation has benefitted from Alberta’s economic strength,” said MP Rempel. “As the jobs crisis in Alberta gets worse, families need the Liberal government to come up with solutions. Yet so far, the Liberals have failed to put forward a jobs plan. We need to work together and take a collaborative approach in finding real solutions to the very real jobs crisis in Alberta.”
Over the coming weeks, the Taskforce will collect information from everyday Albertans, employers, small businesses, social assistance organizations, workers and other stakeholders – all of whom are affected by the current jobs crisis and have valuable insight and ideas to share. The Taskforce will produce a report containing tangible policy solutions and budget requests, all while drawing attention to an unemployment problem that is of growing national concern.
“Calgary, Edmonton and other places across Alberta now have some of the highest jobless rates in the country,” said MP Jeneroux. “Skilled workers across the province are struggling and it is our responsibility to ensure we are looking for every possible solution to get Albertans back to work so they can continue to provide for their families.”