SURREY — New Democrat MP Jinny Sims says Wednesday’s Speech from the Throne failed to address soaring unemployment in Canada, particularly among young people.
“I kept listening for concrete steps towards lowering Canada’s unemployment rate, and particularly initiatives that would help our unemployed youth, but I heard nothing,” said the NDP employment critic and MP for Newton-North Delta.
“The young people in my riding deserve better from their governments,” she said.
Earlier this month the NDP proposed a $1,000 tax credit for businesses that hire Canadians aged 18 to 25, and matching funds to train them.
“Conservative inaction is compromising the future of our youth and our long-term economic prosperity,” Sims said. “Conservatives should adopt the NDP’s Youth Hiring Tax Credit policy as soon as possible to help reduce these levels of youth unemployment in our country.”
Nina Grewal, Conservative MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells, defended the throne speech.
“Our government is making changes that will improve the long-term outlook for our economy and for all Canadians,” Grewal said. “Indeed, by creating jobs and opportunities, protecting and supporting families, and by putting Canada first, our government is helping to ensure that hard working Canadians prosper.”
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