Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Finance.
In spite of his and the government's rhetoric about job creation Statistics Canada, the government's own agency, paints an entirely different picture.
The jobless rate in Canada is almost 50% higher than the in U.S. Among older men it is 140% higher and almost twice as high among older women.
The tragedy behind these numbers is manifested in every community across the country. The government has this don't worry, be happy attitude. That is an insult to all Canadians who cannot find work and feed their families.
Does the Minister of Finance dispute Statistics Canada's analysis of this crisis situation?