When home is not where the jobs are

The Globe & Mail series on the labour shortage in Canada is pretty friggin’ sobering. Today’s article profiles efforts by the Newfoundland government to encourage Stephenville workers to move out west for a few months and then come back and spend their money.

There must be a better way.

The Globe, like the National Post, like the Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, et. al. doesn’t do Atlantic Canada any favours by continuing to stererotype us:

Gerd Juister, who owns a trucking firm servicing the oil fields, says he has been burned a couple of times by hiring Easterners who work for the 17 weeks required to qualify for Employment Insurance, only to have them ask to be laid off so they can go home.

Bruce Lantz, who heads the local Chamber of Commerce, is concerned that the influx of long-range commuters encourages transience, crime, drugs and alcohol abuse in the region by attracting single people with too much money in their hands.

If you are sitting in Calgary or Vancouver and you read much of this stuff, you might just start to get an image of Maritimers in your head.

And Al Hogan scolds Shawn Graham for using the term ‘have not’ province. Cripes, Al, there’s been a hundred fold increase in that term’s use in the national press. It might be time to actually have an intelligent discussion about it here, no?