Mr. Guy H. Arseneault (Restigouche -Chaleur):
Mr. Speaker, in a fast changing but slowly expanding economy, education has become the surest way of acquiring and maintaining employment.
Education, not experience, increasingly determines one's ability to compete in today's labour market.
More and more young Canadians are feeling the impact of the high cost of education and high unemployment. The government's cuts in the student employment program have forced thousands of students to reassess their ability to afford a post-secondary education.
Students in increasing numbers are turning to the Canada Student Loans Program for assistance.
March 25. 1993
This government must begin to view post-secondary education as a long-term investment. I urge the government to undertake a comprehensive review of the Canada Student Loans Program with the aim of increasing the flexibility and accessibility of the program while permitting students to secure employment prior to establishing repayment plans.