People are going to jump all over me for this, but the Saskatchewan Party is right on the money today. In fact, to say we need a change is the understatement of the century. The facts are as follows -- we have one of the highest corporate income tax rate in Canada, we have a punishing corporate capital tax and we charge PST on business inputs. Yet the government would have us believe that businesses don't really mind paying all that tax.
According to a new Statistics Canada report released today, Saskatchewan lost 3,300 jobs from September 2004 to September 2005. During that same period, there were 1,500 new jobs created in Manitoba and 12,600 new jobs created in Alberta.
Read the Statistics Canada Labour Force Report released today here.
Last week, Statistics Canada also revealed that Saskatchewan's population dropped by 425 people in the second quarter of 2005. During that same period, Manitoba's population grew by over 1,000 and Alberta's grew by over 17,000.