Marois government promises aid, projects for youth

The Marois government has presented its white paper on youth policies that it says deals with the new reality of Quebec's youth and aging population.

The paper contains a series of plans such as a Katimavik-style paid community service project, a pilot project for daycares in higher education institutions for parents who've returned to their studies and polling stations at CEGEPs and universities. The goal is to get these projects off the ground starting next year.

The government would also decide through public consultations how to best spend the $480-million set aside for the youth policies.

Marois also ruled out any tuition increases, saying they'd be indexed according to family income.

"I think the young people want to (achieve) their dreams and I think it's the responsibility of our society to help these young people to have a good education, to be able to go to work in a place where they are well, where they know their skills very well," Marois told a news conference.

"Young people are not at the same place they were 10 or 20 years ago."

Marois defended the timing of this announcement and others by her ministers this week, dismissing speculation of a pending election call. She said many of these plans have been in the works for a long time.

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  1. joeN posted on 02/04/2014 07:31 PM
    How will we the taxpayers pay for these promises if the economy is in a downward spiral?? How delusional can Marois get?? We are obviously heading into a snap election but it will backfire on her as we get the CAQ focusing on the unanswered questions regarding her cozy deals with the unions during the corruption filled years. Mean while the liberals continue to go in circles on the charter of intolerance. We'll be back with another minority government.
  2. LMAO posted on 02/05/2014 06:36 AM
    After spending the past 18 months in dismal economic management which has driven businesses and business investments away, they now want to make our youth do so called social services which again removes real work opportunities from Quebecors. Do they really think our youth are that dumb.
    1. Mike d posted on 02/05/2014 06:56 PM
      @LMAO Our youth are that dumb. Remember Quebec has the highest drop out rate in Canada. Why do you think they all vote PQ and waive flags in all the parades or demos.
  3. More BS posted on 02/05/2014 07:19 AM
    First these idiots cut funding to the schools and force the schools to raise taxes. Then they tell the boards they have to take back the increases. Now they come up with this hair brain scheme . If the government had no money for schools where did this magic wad of cash come from? This gang of morons are like having a drunk driving a bus and we are the passengers.
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