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William Watson: Straight talk on job losses in Winnipeg

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said something very interesting and unusual this week. Asked to comment on the decision by Great-West Life Assurance Company to fire 13 per cent of its work force, including 450 employees at its headquarters in Winnipeg, Pallister said: “It’s not an easy thing to do, in the short term, for anyone to experience job loss. But you have to understand this is a company that has been employing tens of thousands of [Canadians] for a long time.”What’s interesting and unusual about the statement is that it’s more or less a non-statement. The premier didn’t rip the

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