Yes, how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn’t see?
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.
– Bob Dylan, Blowin’ in the Wind
Yesterday Ontario ‘s Energy Minister, Bob Chiarelli was blowing in the wind again when he said:
“Businesses will come and go in Ontario … The reality is that there are more coming in than are leaving — very significant.”
– Bob Chiarelli (Toronto SUN: ‘Businesses will come and go in Ontario': Energy minister)
Although an apparently simple claim at face value, it bears some careful examination. The phrase are more coming in than are leaving would focus on number of companies whereas the real issue is the number of jobs and the relative value of those jobs. To examine Chiarelli’s claim we will look at overall employment numbers and average wages in two industry sectors, goods-producing industries that include manufacturing, construction and natural resource extraction, and service-producing industries.