Kings-Hants' MP concerned about youth unemployment
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MP Scott Brison. File
By Jesse-Ann Hennessey
Special to KingsCountyNews.ca
Kings-Hants’ MP Scott Brison is giving his support to candidate Justin Trudeau.
The race to be the new leader of the Liberal party is well under way, with voting beginning April 7 and a fresh face for the Liberal party being chosen April 14.
Trudeau has the ability to engage Canadians in politics and to get young people involved, Brison said in an interview.
“He connects with people from all walks of life.”
His heart is in the right place and so is his head, Brison added.
Trudeau, 41, is the eldest son of Margaret
Trudeau and Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the late former Prime Minister of Canada.
He is the Member of Parliament for the Montreal riding of Papineau. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and is the Liberal critic for youth, postsecondary education and amateur sport.
Many Canadians are struggling right now, Brison said, and he feels Trudeau would be best suited to addressing the problem. Right now, Canada has the worst unemployment rate of young people in 30 years, he said.
“We recognize we need to do more to create more jobs. I believe it is because of a skills mismatch,” Brison said, meaning young people are going to university, but not necessarily getting the skills they need to find work.
“We have people without jobs, and jobs without people.”
Getting the youth employment rate back up is one of the main things Brison would like to see in this year’s budget.
“I would like to see a youth job strategy, we need to have a tax credit for businesses to hire young people,” he said.
“We need to reopen youth employment offices that were closed by Conservatives.”
He also wants to see a significant investment in learning and in trades.
“We need to restore the honour of skilled trades,” he said. “We have to help people understand where skills are needed.”
On the recent student loan security breach, Brison said the government needs to get a hold of the situation and be honest on how significant it is.
“It’s shocking incompetence,” he added, calling it the worst breach of security in regards to personal information in Canadian history.
“It’s totally unacceptable.”