Mr. David Dingwall (Cape Breton -East Richmond):
Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of State for Youth.
The minister knows the unemployment rate among young Canadians is at a horrendous level. Although the minister has made reference to the fact that SEED funding has increased for this fiscal year it is nowhere near the level it was in 1985. In point of fact, there has been a 44 per cent decrease and 40,000 fewer jobs were made available under the SEED program.
Why is the Minister of State for Youth not fighting for additional funding in cabinet in order to provide much needed assistance to our young people who need that kind of economic opportunity to pursue their post-secondary studies as well as return to high schools and other kinds of training in this country?
Subtopic: YOUTH EMPLOYMENT