Mr. Howard McCurdy (Windsor-Walkerville):
Mr. Speaker, I read yesterday's speech by the Hon. Secretary of State for Youth (Mrs. Champagne) with great interest, and I congratulate her on her speech as well as on her important appointment. Clearly both of us are assigned to youth because we have each drunk at the fountain thereof.
I note that the Hon. Secretary of State has promised to be a spokesperson for young people. She has further stated that she believes "every youth must have all opportunities to fully develop his own potential, whether rich or poor, male or female, native or immigrant and so on". She appears therefore to recognize what her colleagues in the Cabinet do not, and that is that prosperity cannot be achieved without social justice. They are inseparable.
Therefore, I look forward to working with the Hon. Secretary of State as we speak for those represented on the Hill today, and youth generally, in urging the Government to act to obtain assured and adequate levels of funding for post-secondary education from both the federal and provincial Governments through the Established Programs Financing Act, rather than consultation to cut funding. We must ensure that federal student aid is adequate, that it encourages part-time studies, and that it helps overcome the particular barriers faced by the poor, by women, and by minorities. That will discourage the provinces from cutting their aid programs as B.C. has done. I hope, as well, that the Hon. Minister will speak for youth in fighting to have the cuts from the Canada Student Loans Program and Summer Canada restored.
Topic: RESTORATION OF CUTS IN STUDENT LOANS PROGRAM URGED