Mr. Stan Darling (Parry Sound-Muskoka):
Mr. Speaker, at least the lackadaisical Liberals cannot be accused of forcing unemployment only on the uneducated. Canada's sickening unemployent figures are striking out at all sections of society. We find high numbers of persons presently seeking work who are classified as professionals. Unemployment figures are often considered indigenous only to the trades and the lesser educated, but this is simply not the case.
Consider that 400 of the 1,000 lawyers who were called to the bar in April are out of work. As well, 50 per cent of the graduating engineers from ten engineering schools form the ranks of the unemployed. Only 30 per cent of teachers graduating in Ontario this year will get a permanent job.
There is little comfort in knowing that the Liberal boondoggle has treated all of society with equal indifference. Only a decade ago a university education was considered a respected route toward self-sufficiency and high standing in society. Thanks to this Government it has sadly become a bad joke for thousands of young people who have dedicated most of their lives to this honourable pursuit. The graduates are outraged. Their outrage is clearly echoed throughout the ranks of the Progressive Conservative Party.
Subtopic: UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG PROFESSIONAL CLASSES