What Does the New Liberal Majority Government Mean for the Job Market?

November 3rd, 2015

Toronto Executive Search & Marketing Recruiter Bruce Powell
By Bruce Powell, Founder & Executive Recruiter

The Federal Election has come and gone, and Monday, October 19th showed that voters were ready for change. With 184 seats, Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau was elected as Canada’s next Prime Minister.

With every change in government comes a shift in approach, a shift in spending, and a shift in the economy. As 2015 comes to a close, there is no doubt that 2015 has been rather uneventful in terms of economic growth and job opportunities. But a new government could change this in 2016.

It’s no secret the Liberal government has proposed spending increases across the board with one of their main goals being to spur economic growth and activity. How will this impact the economy?

New Jobs

“At best, the stimulus would lift GDP growth by a bit more than 0.5% next year, so we would be leaning toward annual growth of closer to 2.5% in 2016 (versus our current call of just over 2%, and just 1.2% this year), assuming the proposed measures are fully implemented in the next budget,” says Doug Porter, Chief Economist at BMO Capital Markets, in the Financial Post.

A Change in Government Should Be a Welcome Sign for Job Seekers

The new government should be a welcome sign for job seekers. The Harper government has one of the worst economic performances on record. “Canada’s economy has never performed worse, since the end of World War II, than under the present Conservative government. The Harper government ranks last among the nine post-war governments, and by a wide margin – falling well behind the second worst government, which was the Mulroney government of 1984-93,” says authors and Unifor economists Jim Stanford and Jordan Brennan of Rhetoric and Reality: Evaluating Canada’s Economic Record Under the Harper Government.

Based on 16 different economic indicators, including job creation, unemployment rate, job quality and youth employment, the Harper government ranked last or second last in 13 of the 16 categories.

New jobs

A change in government could re-energize companies’ confidence in the economy, and this new spending mindset by the Liberals could have a filter down effect, resulting in companies investing in new hires in the coming year. Even if it takes some time for companies to come around and invest, we can expect 2016 to be a year of economic and job growth in Canada.

Whether you are unemployed, just finishing school, seeking a promotion or considering a career change, it’s time to dust off your resume, work on your interview skills, and get yourself out there. Our headhunters in Toronto can help. Read more headhunter tips and contact us for assistance with your job search.
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Bruce Powell

Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.