Mr. Speaker, yesterday the government announced a youth jobs strategy. While it may or may not have political overtones, I think it is fair to say it is very clear there is a direct relationship between job potential, the ability to get and to retain a job, and the level of education.
In my opinion it is absolutely hypocritical of the government to cut funding to post-secondary education at the same time it would
put funding into a job scheme which in the eyes of many is really a transparent method of getting votes.
There is a direct relationship between the scholastic level achieved by young people and their ability to get a job. For instance, six months after graduation, only 3.5 per cent of the 1990 graduates of the University of Alberta were looking for work.
If young Canadians want to be part of the job market, they must stay in school.