Mr. Speaker, I would like to tell my hon. colleague that, earlier in the debate, we discussed at length the initiatives taken by the government, including the centres for excellence and the Canada Scholarship Program, which was originally targeted at students graduating from colleges and which now provides scholarships to high school graduates who are entering the field of techniques of the future or faculties which will enable us to create jobs, thanks to the new technologies.
I believe that this government has recognized that it was extremely important to prepare the future and to try to direct young people in fields such as engineering and the new sciences.
This is one aspect. It is for young successful people. It is extremely important because this is where jobs will be created. As I was saying earlier, the fact that one-third of high school students drop out is very costly, first for those young people, in terms of salary in future years, and also for Canadian taxpayers, in terms of the support which they will have to provide to those who will not have gone to school long enough to get the better jobs. If we look at what is going on in our society, we find that there is a large number of available positions for which Canadians are not qualified.
We must first develop the knowledge and skills and the will to learn in our young people, so that they can get the jobs. We must urge our good students to persevere, and we must ensure, as adults and as a government, that we recognize the importance of succeeding and having this quest for excellence, which may guarantee that tomorrow we will all be better off in an economic activity which will enable Canadians to live even better, and which will provide a job for every one of them.
May 31, 1993
Subtopic: ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-YOUTH EMPLOYMENT