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  1. Although Conservatives like to drone on like robots about how Stephen Harper is a "steady hand on the wheel" of the economy, that myth is increasingly hard to square with reality. Not only does a recent poll suggest Harper's reputation as a competent manager of the economy has plummeted, a new analysis shows Harper with the worst economic record of any Canadian Prime Minister since the end of the Second World War. Here is how Harper's economic record fares against the others: Annual Average Growth in Employment: 1% - Worst Average Annual Real GDP Growth: 1.6% - Worst Change in Employment Rate: -1.4 pts - Second worst Average Unemployment Rate: 7.1 - Sixth of Nine Labour Force Participation Rate: -1% - Worst Average Annual Growth in Youth Employment: -0.3% - Second worst Index of Job Quality: 87.2 - Worst Average Annual Growth in Real GDP per Capita: 0.4% - Worst Average Annual Growth in Real Business Non-Residential Capital Spending: 2.5% - Second worst Average Annual Growth in Real Exports: 0.3% - Worst Average Annual Growth in Labour Productivity: 0.9% - Second worst Average Annual Growth of Real Personal Income per Capita: 0.9% - Second worst Change in Net Federal Debt as Share of GDP: 0.9% - Sixth of Nine This statistical review confirms that it is far-fetched to suggest that Canada’s economy has been well-managed during the Harper government’s time in office. To the contrary, there is no other time in Canada’s postwar economic history in which Canada’s performance has performed worse than it did under the Harper government.
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