Volume 91, Issue 46

Wednesday, November 19, 1997



The Liberal answer

Re: Throwing money at unemployment, Oct. 17

To the Editor:
It's too bad Mr. Frank wants to concentrate on providing readers with some reform propaganda instead of the facts, which Stats Canada show as: the unemployment rate is the lowest since 1990, since February the economy has created 277,000 new jobs, the economy is growing at a rate of 4.9 per cent, consumer demand is increasing, retail sales are up six per cent and big business is following through on plans to increase spending on capital investments by 13.4 per cent; the largest increase since 1988. This increase in capital investment will create more permanent private sector jobs.

The government is also doing more for young people than any other government in history. Mr. Frank should get his numbers straight. I encourage students to check for themselves: $2 billion in programs that are both public and private in nature. All you have to do is read Youth Link, – a one-stop shopping centre for all youth services. The private sector is not just "vaguely" involved. Career Edge is a private sector initiative which helps to make the transition from full-time school to full-time work through a variety of internships with established companies. It can also be found in Youth Link.

Finally, I would like to thank the Reform Party for doing its job to reduce the unemployment rate by spending over $100,000 of taxpayers money to hire painters, carpet cleaners and drapery specialists to help "spice up" Preston Manning's new home in Stornaway. It's time for the Reform party to get its head out of its 'you know what' and realize that our short-term pain has resulted in an ever-expanding economy with low interest rates and low inflation. That translates into a healthy economy and that is good government!

Nawaz Tahir
UWO Young Liberals

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