No, we aren’t talking about Harper’s Feds and the Accord. We are talking about Rodney’s folk and their promises. Remember the Delusional Calgaria campaign by our illustrious provincial leaders? You know the ads that talked about coming back to “life” in Nova Scotia with promises that there were jobs and “a life” better than the delusion “Calgary” offered. Well, first of all they backed down with the “delusional” part (complaints from the mental health community natch – NOT PC- no sense of humour AT ALL). Now the campaign has been closed out altogether!
But not before some people believed the promises:
ONE YEAR AGO Brian MacLean walked into a Red Deer, Alta., grocery store and was hired on the spot as a meat cutter. With his 26 years of experience in the industry, he was offered $19 an hour.
The 43 year-old Chezzetcook resident missed his son, his 15 brothers and sisters and the inherent joy that goes with living near the Atlantic Ocean, but $19 bucks an hour and a cost of living that he said was equivalent to Halifax, the incentive to stay in the West was powerful.
Still, Red Deer wasn’t home, so his ears pricked up a couple of
months ago when he heard on the radio that a Nova Scotia delegation was in the province encouraging ex-pats to return home to take advantage of plenty of emerging opportunities.
He was curious enough that he went to the Nova Scotia government website and was impressed by the promise of new beginnings. Before long he packed his bag and came back home.
Score one for the province, right? Nope. Like too many ex-pats I’ve heard from who have been lured by the siren song of our new prosperity and record low unemployment, the Nova Scotia reality for MacLean was like a kick in the head.
When he went looking for a job in his chosen profession, he found a couple of openings, but the wage was between $8 and $9 an hour. With some more pavement pounding, he found
one grocery store that would give him $11 hour, but only part-time hours.
“What am I supposed to do?” he asked despondently in a recent phone call. “I can’t pay a mortgage and look after my son on that. I’ve got no choice but to go back out West. And this time I won’t be coming back.”
Mr. MacLean called me back a couple of days later to say he’d
contacted his former boss in Alberta. Not only was he welcome to return, but they’d offered to pay his return flight.
Unfortunately that’s exactly what is happening as the province works feverishly to repatriate Nova Scotians in anticipation of projected job shortages across a variety of fields. People anxious to return home are buying the pitch, only to find too many businesses aren’t yet hungry enough to make it worth their while…. [link]
Complain to Casey we say! And if that doesn’t work -sue for breach of contract!