Lorrie Goldstein looks at job claims now, and less than 1 year ago
Liberals’ vow of green jobs misses mark | Lorrie goldstein | Columnists | Comment | London Free Press:
Last week, on April 12, Ontario’s energy ministry announced a new “Clean Energy Economic Development Strategy,” including a new government task force and trade missions to Asia, the Middle East and U.S.Read the entire article at the London Free Press site
The ministry said this will “create even more jobs in the clean energy sector,” while boasting “Ontario’s green energy strategy has created over 20,000 jobs and is on track to create 50,000 jobs.” Notice there’s no longer any time frame given on when those 50,000 jobs will be created.
But there was a year ago, on May 16, 2011, when the government issued a release headlined “McGuinty Government Creating Clean Energy Jobs” which began by claiming, “Ontario’s Green Energy Act will help the province create 50,000 new clean energy jobs by the end of 2012.” But wait a minute. The Green Energy Act was passed in May, 2009. It’s now April, 2011, less than 9 months from the end of 2012.
So, how’s McGuinty going to create “50,000 new clean energy jobs by the end of 2012”