Minister Finley demonstrates complete disregard for unemployed youth

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 resources ministers.

"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 students.

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


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