Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Development agreement announced in Halifax yesterday.
This historic agreement is proof that the Government of Canada is committed to helping unemployed Canadians get back to work.
It is a made in Nova Scotia agreement. The province will assume full responsibility for benefits and employment measures designed to meet the needs of Nova Scotia workers and employers.
The Government of Canada will provide more than $200 million over the next three years for these measures from the employment insurance account.
This agreement is also proof of a new approach to renewing Canadian federalism. It delivers on the Prime Minister's promise to
withdraw from labour market training and negotiate new partnerships with the provinces and territories.
Similar agreements have been signed with Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Manitoba and Quebec. The Government of Canada is continuing to negotiate with other provinces and territories.
In partnership, we will ensure together that the right things are done in our communities to achieve our common goal, getting Canadians back to work.