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


Alexander Bell Patterson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Patterson:

Mr. Speaker, I listened with interest to the statement of the Minister. She was saying that we should not be allocating blame. Of course, we all know that the blame rests primarily with the present Government because it failed to recognize the trend which brought us to the point we are today with a drastic unemployment problem among the young as well as older people.
In a question this morning I made reference to a report made by the Fraser Valley College. It set up a task force to investigate the very serious problem there. Dr. Barry Moore, the President of the College, found the report devastating. The second recommendation of the committee was for the establishment of a student placement and job search office at the college in co-operation with the Canada Employment and Immigration Commission.
To what extent are our Manpower offices authorized to respond to community initiatives such as this in their efforts to meet the challenge of youth unemployment?

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