May 24, 1984 (32nd Parliament, 2nd Session)


Alexander Bell Patterson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Patterson:

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Hon. Member for Eglinton-Lawrence (Mr. de Corneille), but first I will refer to an article which appeared in my local newspaper. I received it just today. It indicates that the job situation in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia is devastating. This report was the result of the work of a task force established by the Fraser Valley College. In part the article reads:
College principal Dr. Barry Moore said "I found the report just devastating."
Also it pointed out that somewhere between 9,000 and
15,000 youths between the ages of 15 and 24 years are unemployed in the Fraser Valley region. According to the article, Dr. Moore stated:
It's just further indication of a major kind of new era we're going into, where 20 to 25 per cent of the people are not able to find jobs.
That's the prospect. I think we're facing a major, major shift in our society.
The Hon. Member referred to several programs which were put in place by the Government. What percentage of the amounts requested under the provisions of the various programs has actually been allocated to date?

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