OTTAWA, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Comments made by Human Resources Minister
Diane Finley that blamed high youth unemployment on a "demoralized"
youth who have "chosen never to get a job" failed to grasp the
challenges faced by unemployed youth. The comments were reported
yesterday by the Canadian Press after a meeting of the G20 human
"Finley has adopted the classic approach of 'blaming the victim' instead
of proposing meaningful solutions towards improving employment
opportunities for youth in Canada," said Roxanne Dubois. "Youth are
neither the cause of the global economic crisis or responsible for the
lack of job opportunities."
In Canada, since the beginning of the global economic downturn, the
unemployment rate for youth has increased from 14% in 2008 to the
current 17%. The unemployment rate for students hit 21% in July, 2009,
and was 17.4% this summer—over double the overall unemployment rate.
"The federal government has failed to invest in federal youth employment
programs in response to the economic crisis and record-high student
debt levels," added Dubois. "The issue of unemployment requires
concrete action by the federal government, not blame games."
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organization. It is composed of over 75 university and college
students' unions with a combined membership of over one-half million
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Roxanne Dubois, National Chairperson, office: 613-232-7394, mobile: 613-816-7486 email: chair[at]cfs-fcee.ca