Hon. Pierre H. Cadieux (Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport) and Minister of State (Youth) and Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons):
Madam Speaker, the hon. member makes the same mistake his colleague made a little while ago.
They dissociate SEED from the Challenge program which in fact has increased over the years, bearing in mind that some of the moneys have been allocated to the high drop-out situation we have in Canada which is absolutely scandalous. It was discovered at that time the drop-out rate was 33 per cent. We know that the most important tool that the students require is a good
education so that they can face the challenges that are upcoming.
This year alone the budget was increased by $5.1 million, preceded by $3 million the year before and $3 million the year before that. Again the moneys have been increased and are increasing. I did fight in cabinet for it and that is why it increased.
Subtopic: YOUTH EMPLOYMENT