October 29, 2003 (37th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Yvon Charbonneau


Mr. Yvon Charbonneau (Anjou—Rivière-des-Prairies, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to express my appreciation to the young people and the representatives of the organizations that work with them in my riding, who recently took part in a round table on “Youth in our society”.
Our young people are looking to us for assistance. Our young people are perceptive. They are aware that demographic trends are not in their favour and that the family is no longer the reliable support it once was. Their motivation and their feeling of belonging to the community cannot be taken for granted.
They have high expectations of school and work. In particular, they would like community organizations to have more resources with which to complement school activities, especially for the more disadvantaged.
They would like governments to fund community organizations or public-private partnerships in order to provide enriching experiences and cooperation opportunities for young people, such as discovery courses at home or abroad.
Finally, they would like governments and municipalities to provide recreational and cultural infrastructures that meet the new needs of the young people in their neighbourhoods.
Will we be able to live up to their expectations? Can we meet the challenge they have set us?

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Youth in our Society
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