Liberals copying NDP homework with employment plan
September 16, 2013
(Lower Sackville, N.S.) NDP candidate Mat Whynott says the Liberals are copying the NDP’s homework again with their employment platform.
Whynott adds the Liberals don’t have much credibility on the jobs front having opposed the creation and protection of thousands of good jobs over the last four years.
“Time and time again the Liberals have turned their back on communities and families looking for good paying jobs in both HRM and rural communities. Just about the only good ideas we found in the Liberal plan are the ones THEY found on the government website,” said Whynott, who is running in Sackville – Beaver Bank.
Whynott says the key pillar of the Liberal “Graduate to Opportunity Program” already exists in Nova Scotia and is called the Co-operative Graduate Placement Program. The existing program provides an incentive to employers offering full-time jobs to Nova Scotia graduates. The program pays up to 50 per cent of the salary for co-op students. The Province also has a student career skills development program to create career-related summer jobs for post-secondary students.
Until 2009, Nova Scotia had seen decades of Liberal and Conservative governments who failed to stop the stream of young people leaving our province to find opportunities elsewhere. Over the last four years the NDP government has made practical, affordable investments to help young people stay and build a life in Nova Scotia by capping student debt and tuition increases, creating more seats at the NSCC, introducing payroll rebates to encourage hiring of new graduates and implementing the Graduate Retention Rebate.
Whynott says the NDP has made a difference to young people starting out.
“These initiatives are all aimed at helping our young people while they are studying and during their transition to the workforce. Creating a program to help young people purchase their first home is another initiative to help young Nova Scotians stay and build a life here.”