On the surface, the numbers don’t look good.
Around 4900 jobs for Saskatchewan youth aged 15-24 have been lost over the last little while.
However, Minister of Career Training Jeremy Harrison said while there’s always room for the government to do better, he noted the job market in the province is quite strong and it’s important youth are part of it.
“For young people to be engaged in market, I think it’s important to be engaged in the labour market,” he said. “Particularly, early on, gain experience and that’s going to end up paying dividends in the long term.”
However, those on the other side of the aisle don’t see things that way.
NDP critic Trent Wotherspoon noted the Saskatchewan Party’s past actions are a direct result of that number and they haven’t done much to change it.
“There are young people who are facing increases to the cost of living on every front,” he said.”Increases to taxes, increases to PST and big increases to tuition across the province because of the Sask Party’s underfunding.”