Conservatives failing on skills training

Stephen Harper’s ‘my way or the highway’ approach to provinces hurting Canadians in need of training

Provinces, experts and even the Canadian Chamber of Commerce have joined together to criticize the Conservative government’s interference in provincial skills training programs – programs that are already working very well according to independent studies.

“You would think the government would understand, if it’s not broke don’t fix it. But once again Conservatives are ignoring experts and stakeholders with their one-sided approach, said Employment and Social Development critic Jinny Sims (Newton – North Delta) “Rather than choosing confrontation and imposing changes, the government must consult with the provinces around skills training programs for vulnerable workers.”

Meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts about the Conservative’s decision to cut $300 million from provincial skills training, Minister Jason Kenney continued to refuse to listen – and even dismissed the impact on older workers, First Nations and people with disabilities dismissing them as “regular recipients of social assistance.”

“Instead of unilaterally cutting their funding, the federal government should be working together with the provinces to find training solutions and help marginalized workers re-enter the workforce,” said deputy critic Sadia Groguhé (Saint-Lambert).