Also, I hope, Kas, Cheryl, Mike, that there will be no deficits involved with this and if necessary to borrow money, that you will take a page from Mackenzie King and our CHP policy book, and have the Bank of Canada issue interest free loans.
The professional grants program we are also proposing targets recruitment and training of professionals to hire doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners as well as other health care providers. This can be applied for by students who are studying in this area to offset tuition costs, as long as there is a return service provided.
We are encouraging companies to hire young Canadians for permanent positions. We will also offer a 12 month break on employment insurance premiums. Premiums will be waived for all between the ages of 18 and 24 who are hired into a permanent position in 20 16,17 and 18. Our party will also work with the provinces, territories and post secondary institutions to develop or expand pre-apprenticeship training programs. This will provide $10million per year to young Canadians to help them gain the skills they need
While we are on the topic of post secondary...I will throw in another question to you from Olivia
Kas, the problem is that the jobs which are being created are of very poor quality. In the last year economists have identified most of the 200,000 or so new jobs are part time, low skill, and therefore also low pay.
The NDP proposes that the grants portion of your education cost needs to be higher. Successful completion of school should be rewarded.
I agree Cheryl. We need to have good jobs after graduation, but also need to address the crippling debt that hold these people back from contributing to the economy to their full potential. Something that I think the Green Party and NDP could work very well together on. Even the Liberals I suppose...
Grants offset loans, making overall costs less. The average Canadian student graduated with $26,000 of debt. It is difficult to dig out of that.
Olivia, I can't cite a party policy specific to current student debt, but we certainly would like to eliminate the problem going forward for students presently still in the K-12 system, by keeping university costs under control. 80 percent of the federal post-secondary education financing would be delivered in the form of vouchers to students, who could then shop for the best education deal. PSIs would have to compete for those vouchers by keeping their costs under control.l
We are proposing increasing Canada Student loan grant to $3000 per year for low income students. Interest on loans to be paid by govt until students earn incomes of $25,000 per annum.
Yes Kas, the NDP and Greens are both interested in investing in education. We say we are a knowledge based economy, and yet we do not support the acquisition of knowledge.
One problem with free tuition is that the true cost will be hidden by taxpayer funding, and institutions will not have an incentive to keep their costs under control.
Currently Canadian students have $17 billion in debt. Last year over 200,00 students were unable to make any loan payments. This is a problem. A big problem.
This is why we must transition to a green economy. We have lost 71% of our high tech market and have dropped to #19 in the world. Education is the key. Get the economy going and the jobs will naturally follow.
Oh come on Mike. $3,000 for each student is going to fix the problem?
We are now going to move on to our next question from Joe..
I'm one of those 200,000, Cheryl!
Of course not Kaz. But it is a giant step from $800. and will make life easier for low income students.
Is there a need for this group to donate blood, when we have other donor volunteers?
The NDP has the highest number of LGBTQ+ candidates. This speaks to our intentions of actively recruiting candidates from this community because we recognize that their voice needs to be heard and represented.
Ours is the party that supports this motion. Since the 1960's the Liberal party has always stood proudly with the LGBTQ+ community.
And for those of you wondering, it is the NDP that says no discrimination in blood and organ donations. Also, FYI Canada's first gay MP was NDP. Actions. They speak louder than words.
Yes Geoff there is. There is always a deficit of blood donors and the fact that gay men cannot do their part and donate blood to help people is completely ridiculous simply because they are gay is very discriminatory.
It was the Green Party that first stood in support of marriage equality and we will continue to fight for equality in this country.
I'm sorry, but people who practice faithful monogamous relationships, or who are celibate and single, are at least risk of contracting and therefore passing around any infections that are not yet satisfactorily detected in donated blood.
As Pierre Trudeau said: "Government has no place in the bedrooms of the nation." We decriminalized homosexual relationships and legalized same sex marriage. We also supported the Transgender rights legislation Bill C279.
Donating blood does not take place in the bedroom. It occurs in a clinic. A person with a non-sexually related infection or risk of infection should also be prohibited from donating blood, such as a person who has recently been in an area with ebola.
The trouble is is that being celibate and single is not a requirement to donate blood Geoff. However, being a gay man prevents you from donating. They do not ask anything about celibate or relationship status, only if you had sex with a man in the past 6 months.
Thank you candidates for your response to Joe's question. We're are now going to move on to our next one...
Thanks Mike for supporting BillC279, a private members bill introduced by NDP MP Randall Garrison.
Obviously, we do not agree! I trust in God's wisdom on sexuality, and the health factors related to that wisdom.
Right now discussions are happening with big oil in Alberta and you may be surprised to know that Suncor said a carbon tax is a good idea.
Clean as you go, obviously. I'm not satisfied with companies merely building a clean-up fund, which can disappear or be inadequate to the job. Our attitude is that this planet belongs to God and we are the tenants, and responsible to the landlord and our descendants. A First Nation person once said we don't inherit the earth from our grandparents, but rather borrow it from our descendents.
We want to introduce a system called "Carbon Fee and Dividend." This system rewards industries that promote healthy products and punishes industries that do not promote healthy products, like junk food or high emission products.
For decades Conservatives and Liberals have promised and failed on reducing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions, even defeating Jack Layton's climate change accountability act.
Canada is actually one of the few countries in the world does not have some form of a carbon tax
The NDP will work WITH provinces to develop a cap and trade system. Provinces are free to develop whatever system meets targets that reduce emissions.
Alternative energies are anticipated to be a 3 trillion dollar industry by 2020. Canada, and particularly Lethbridge, are in a great spot to take advantage of this.