Selkirk – In response to reports that the Liberal government has not renewed Options Employment Services for Youth Skills Link Funding in Selkirk, Manitoba, James Bezan Member of Parliament for Selkirk – Interlake – Eastman issued the following statement:
“It is disappointing that the Liberal government has failed to renew funding for Options Employment Services for Youth program in Selkirk, Manitoba. This program has successfully provided 17 years of essential services to youth with employment barriers in Selkirk and the Interlake area.
“Serving as the Minister for Youth, Justin Trudeau’s failure to fund critical youth transition projects in Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman falls squarely on his shoulders. Providing structured opportunities for work experience and skill development in entry level trade, construction and retail positions is critical in the promotion of a strong economy in Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman. These work placements are vital in assisting our youth to successfully gain employment and encourage them to pursue educational opportunities.
“Justin Trudeau continues to fail Manitobans by forcing families and local businesses to pay more, while delivering less. Instead of raising taxes and making life harder on Manitoba families, Justin Trudeau should be focusing on supporting policies that will create jobs for rural communities and youth.
“Justin Trudeau immediately must commit to renewing funding for Options Employment Services for Youth Skills Link Funding in Selkirk, Manitoba so that it can continue its critical community work.”