For Immediate Release
March 28, 2011
Green Party candidate Vanessa Long calls for common ground on employment and education for youth
Newmarket – Green Party candidate Vanessa Long is challenging her candidates in the other parties to create a better atmosphere for the 2011 election by letting Canadians know that their candidates are capable of being positive, as well as negative. For the rest of this first week, each day the Green Party will propose an issue or idea where we think all parties can find common ground.
“For the fourth time in seven years, Canada finds itself in a federal election. I know that Canadians feel this is an unnecessary use of taxpayers’ money and they are sick of the mud-slinging and the personal attacks. We are saying, let’s try to engage the voters. Let’s try to show them that, once in a while, we can agree on important policy issues,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May.
The first big proposal from the Greens is that Canada needs a nation-wide employment and education initiative for youth.
“Surely all the parties can agree that providing employment and education for youth need to be a priority. Recessions hit youth the hardest. They are continually caught in a cycle of not yet having the skills or experience to be competitive but not being able to gain these skills and experience without a job,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May. “It is a critical phase of their lives and it is a worthwhile investment to create a generation that is fully participating and contributing both economically and socially.”
Ms. Long stresses that growing income inequality is a serious issue in York Region. “Every day more people are slipping into poverty and the Green Party considers that unacceptable in a country as great as Canada.”
“I am asking the other candidates Newmarket-Aurora to join in and find common ground. Show voters they are able to cooperate and work together with other parties, and agree Canada needs an investment in a nation-wide employment and education initiative for youth,” said Ms. Long.
Green Party Candidate, Newmarket-Aurora