Fewer good jobs around so let's eliminate more of them

That'll make every­one feel bet­ter. A CIBC report cov­ered today says there are fewer good jobs in Canada these days. The bank's job qual­ity index dropped by a per cent over the last year. Wow they have a job qual­ity index. It's almost like they care.

I shouldn't be too mean to the CIBC. I do appre­ci­ate the infor­ma­tion they're sup­ply­ing. And even the CTV story pur­sues the issue for many para­graphs as if for them the declin­ing qual­ity of jobs in Canada is a prob­lem.

Of course it is a prob­lem. For many mil­lions of peo­ple. But these same two orga­ni­za­tions, whether by their edi­to­r­ial slant or by pro­vi­sion­ing experts to do inter­views bol­ster­ing that edi­to­r­ial slant, will be right into it when the fed­eral gov­ern­ment announces plans to elim­i­nate ten to twenty thou­sand more good qual­ity jobs from the econ­omy in a month's time.

The usual ratio­nal­iza­tion is that since every­one in Canada doesn't have [insert eco­nomic advan­tage here] no one should, cer­tainly not fed­eral gov­ern­ment employ­ees.

But elim­i­nat­ing good jobs from the econ­omy won't cre­ate good jobs some­where else in the econ­omy. It will just elim­i­nate good jobs from the econ­omy, which - today at least - is a prob­lem worth research­ing and report­ing on.