Economic cognitive dissonance ...

So, just to make sure that we’re all clear on this: Don Drummond is an oracle of economic wisdom when it comes to issues surrounding the labour market, an aging workforce and global competiton, but should be ignored entirely when he challenges the claim that the Liberals’ Green Shift will unduly harm rural Canadians and send gas prices soaring into the stratosphere. Everyone got that? Good.

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Hot off the HRDC newswire:

Don Drummond to Head Labour Market Information Advisory Panel

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and the Honourable Murray Coell, British Columbia’s Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, Co-chairs of the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM), today announced that Don Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the TD Bank Financial Group, and former Associate Deputy Minister of Finance Canada, will chair an Advisory Panel on Labour Market Information.

“Providing timely and relevant labour market information to all

Canadians is critical to our government’s goal of creating the best-educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world,” said Minister Solberg. “Mr. Drummond’s demonstrated leadership in the private and public sector and his knowledge of the competitive challenges facing Canada make him ideally positioned to lead this important work.”

The five-member panel will advise federal, provincial and territorial ministers on how labour market information can contribute to Canada’s economic growth and efficiency over the next decade and better respond to the growing information and planning needs of employers, workers and learners. The panel will report back to the FLMM by the spring of 2009.

“All provinces are keenly interested in addressing the twin challenges posed by global competition and an aging workforce,” noted Minister Coell, FLMM provincial Co-chair. “Under Mr. Drummond’s leadership, the advisory panel will examine labour market information and determine the best options to support the growth of the skilled labour pool needed by all employers.”

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