Rick Scott's Vacation to Canada Nets a Grand Total of 110 Eventual Jobs

Gov. Rick Scott has shown us he can kill 4,500 jobs with the stroke of a pen, but sending him to Canada for a week on a "trade mission" to bring jobs back to Florida didn't go so hot.

Scott's camp says he and his delegation met with 120 Canadian companies last week to bring home a grand total of 110 new jobs -- which is a slight exaggeration.

Just like the governor pretended he brought 100 jobs to Boca Raton -- even though the deal was in the works before he took office -- he also decided to wait until he was in Canada to deceptively reannounce more jobs.

Ten of those 110 jobs he announced on Friday are at UCC Industries International Inc., which has been operating its U.S. headquarters in Tampa for about two and a half months.

They're adding ten more jobs at the steel and concrete distributor in Tampa at an average wage of $44,000.

But of course, the governor had to put on his shiny boots (see picture above) and head to Canada to announce it.

"I am thrilled these two businesses are expanding in Florida," Scott says in a statement. "With three jobs announcements in one week, Florida is clearly on the right path."

One of those jobs announcements actually seems to have been referencing a deal that was made in the past couple of months, but it's hard to tell anymore amid the overt obfuscation.

The Scott flacks say the other 100 jobs are in Opa-locka, where Toronto Sky Aviation will create a new aircraft repair joint, Aircraft Armature Inc.

The plan on that is to add 100 jobs over the next three years.

He's getting closer to breaking even on his promise of bringing 700,000 jobs in seven years but is still a few thousand in the negative after destroying 4,500 state jobs cut in the budget.

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