May 31, 1993 (34th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Howard Douglas McCurdy

New Democratic Party

Mr. McCurdy:

Of course the Challenge program delivers a number of subprograms. SEED is particularly directed toward summer employment for university students. It is a summer experience program. In fact it was funded at $88 million and has been raised by $5 million this year. However this is after a long period of time in which there have been continual cutbacks in the amount of money spent for student summer jobs.
When this government came into office $240 million a year was being spent for all of the Challenge-type programs. It was not called Challenge then; it was youth summer employment. In fact in real dollar terms from 1984-85 until now the amount of constant dollars that have been available for summer student employment has almost halved.
In fact the $5 million increase we had this year certainly cannot be deemed to be in proportion to the vast increase, that is, the 6.7 per cent increase in the number of youth unemployed. That generally corresponds to the figures on an annual basis or during this summer.
This government has shortchanged by a considerable amount its contribution to youth summer employment. That is a tragedy in a time of high unemployment.

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