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Why the convention centre sucks, part 2

The jobs lie: "person years" become "jobs," and stupid, lazy or complicit editorialists repeat the untruth


Convention centre supporters are consistently touting about the job-creation potential of the proposed convention centre.

"A new convention centre could result in as many as 12,000 new jobs," says Infrastructure minister Bill Estabrooks.

"A shadow bid prepared by Deloitte...estimates the project will add $893 million to economic output, $171 million in taxes and 28,000 jobs over 10 years," editorializes the Chronicle-Herald.

"The province says it estimates the centre would create about 12,000 jobs," editorializes the Pictou News.

"Building a $159-million, 115,000-square-foot convention centre, for example, will... create 28,000 jobs over 10 years," writes Chronicle-Herald business columnist Roger Taylor.

If there's confusion over the number of jobs that supposedly will be created by this convention centre---which is it, 12,000 or 28,000?---Trade Centre Limited is to blame.

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