Mr. Speaker, each summer in Surrey North hundreds of students hit the streets looking for a job. For these young people summer employment is key to fulfilling their goals.
Most families in Surrey North do not make a lot of money. Without a summer job, many students could not afford the cost of tuition.
The summer career placement program helped young people pay for their education, until last year when the Conservatives slashed $55 million from its budget.
Because of funding cuts and criteria restrictions, more students in my community will have a harder time paying their tuition. More families will have a harder time making ends meet, while helping their sons and daughters.
Without this program, many Surrey businesses may not be able to hire summer students at all. The summer career placement program was an important way of helping people make ends meet.
Once again, the Conservatives have failed Surrey North.
At a time of huge budget surpluses, we should be investing in people and communities, instead of giving away billions of dollars in corporate tax cuts.