It turns out the emperor has no clothes after all.
Although Conservatives like to drone on like robots about how Stephen Harper is a “steady hand on the wheel” of the economy, that myth is increasingly hard to square with reality.
Not only does a recent poll suggest Harper’s reputation as a competent manager of the economy has plummeted, a new analysis shows Harper with the worst economic record of any Canadian Prime Minister since the end of the Second World War.
The report, authored by Unifor economists Jim Stanford and Jordan Brennan, crunches the numbers on Canada’s nine Prime Ministers between 1946 and today on issues relating to work, production, distribution and debt, and ranks each according to 16 economic indicators.
The results? On 13 of the 16 indicators, Harper ranks dead last or second last. In fact, Harper does not rank higher than sixth on any single indicator.
Here are six examples of what these data show:
1). Stephen Harper has steered Canada’s economy to its lowest levels of growth in 69 years
2). Harper has the worst job creation record of any Prime Minister since 1946
3). Harper is the first Prime Minister since the 1950’s to oversee a decline in the employment rate
4). Stephen Harper is kind of a lousy salesman
5). It has been good times for Canada’s richest 1% under Stephen Harper
6). Meanwhile, the standard of living of everyone else has never risen so slowly
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