Canada industry minister says concerned by BlackBerry job losses

OTTAWA Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:18pm EDT

Canada's Heritage Minister James Moore speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Canada's Heritage Minister James Moore speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa June 18, 2013.

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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Industry Minister James Moore voiced sympathy on Friday for workers at BlackBerry Ltd over its plans to cut 4,500 jobs, more than a third of its workforce.

"Our thoughts are with those who have lost their jobs at Blackberry, it is always a cause for concern for our government," Moore said in a terse two-sentence statement emailed just as markets closed.

"While Canada's economy is growing and creating jobs overall, we know there are still challenges ahead that we need to tackle so we can ensure continued economic growth and job creation."

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)

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Comments (3)
BigRocket wrote:
BlackBerry used to dominate the mobile industry for business professionals. Then they got complacent, rested on their laurels, failed to innovate, and were leapfrogged by Apple, Google, etc. And now they are paying the price for their failure to innovate.

So, why does some Canadian government bureaucrat think these layoffs were driven by the economy? If these layoffs were indeed driven by a bad economy, why weren’t there layoffs at Apple and Google as well? Sometimes, or perhaps most of the time, government bureaucrats are just too clueless to talk about, let alone meddle in, the private sector.

Sep 20, 2013 11:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BigRocket wrote:
BlackBerry used to dominate the mobile industry for business professionals. Then they got complacent, rested on their laurels, failed to innovate, and were leapfrogged by Apple, Google, etc. And now they are paying the price for their failure to innovate.

So, why does some Canadian government bureaucrat think these layoffs were driven by the economy? If these layoffs were indeed driven by a bad economy, why weren’t there layoffs at Apple and Google as well? Sometimes, or perhaps most of the time, government bureaucrats are just too clueless to talk about, let alone meddle in, the private sector.

Sep 20, 2013 11:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
StigTW wrote:
Well if Canadians won’t even buy their own products why would anyone else?

Sep 21, 2013 8:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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