To the editor,
Now that 2012 has passed into history, all the merry Christmas and happy new year's have been said and the new year of 2013 is here: just what does that bring with it for you and me. Well the news is not that good as power rates have gone up by three per cent for homeowners. And the loss of jobs here in Nova Scotia has the unemployment rate now standing at 9.3 per cent with over 8,600 fewer jobs than in 2011.
So just what happened to the jobs that "start here?" I am not sure just what happened to all those jobs that were just around the corner. And yes the Harper government still has their action plan but what action plan are they talking about? For now the seasonal worker who worked in the fishery or the forest worker will have a hard time getting their EI for the rules have been changed big time. And this will put a hardship on many families throughout Nova Scotia. The full- and part-time jobs are just not out there. The Christmas rush is over and all of the retailers have cut back or laid off help.
So I would say it is time for the Dexter government to step up to the plate and show us where all the jobs that "start here" are. I have looked around a few corners and asked a few people and I keep getting the same answer. They just say there are no jobs.
And, yes, for the men and women lucky to be working the Canada pension rates and UI rates that they pay into just went up along with the cost of living. This will mean less money in their paycheques.
And last but not least the lines at the food banks are getting longer so just where will it all end?