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A million more jobs, but Canadian labour in worse shape

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives defend their economic record these days, their main message centres on the “over one million net new jobs since the recession” that the Canadian economy has produced under (and even thanks to) their leadership. But a more detailed look at Canada’s pre- and post-recession jobs performance suggests that there’s a big gap between the government’s self-congratulatory boast and the less rosy reality.