Ms. Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain, NDP): Mr. Speaker, this is not about connecting people to jobs. It is about a government that is demonizing Canadians who, through no fault of their own, have been laid off more than once. This out-of-touch government is forcing people to accept jobs, even if they do not correspond to their qualifications, at much lower wages. The Conservatives may say they support free markets, but clearly not when it comes to the labour market.
When will the minister admit that her changes mean people will now be paying the same premiums for less coverage?
Hon. Diane Finley (Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, CPC): Mr. Speaker, what is really outrageous is the lack of truth in that question.
What we are doing is helping Canadians who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own get more information about jobs within their qualification ranges that are also within their geographic ranges and we are helping connect them with those jobs because, frankly, there is a shortage of skills and labour right across the country. Employers are having to go to the expense and trouble of bringing in foreign workers when in many cases there are qualified Canadians in their area who are available for that work. We want to help those workers get those jobs.