Over 1.3 Million Canadians Out Of Work Say New Democrats

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 23, 2013 5:14 PM EST

Blaming the last year's budget, New Democratic Party said that more than 1.3 million Canadians are out of work and hundreds of thousands of others are underemployed or employed in precarious positions.

"We are disappointed that rather than attacking the serious economic challenges facing Canadians, your last budget attacked programs and services that Canadians count on- slashing future health care funding, gutting environmental protections and weakening Old Age Security," New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Peggy Nash said Thursday in a letter addressed to the Finance Minister James Flaherty.

Peggy Nash said that most of the unemployed people are young people, Aboriginals and new immigrants.

"Your government's deep cuts to Employment Insurance and Services to help the unemployed are resulting in even greater hardship for those most vulnerable," said the Finance Critic Peggy Nash.

In the four-page letter, the New Democratic Party Member urged the finance minister to use the 2013 budget as a chance for the conservative government to generate more jobs and prosperity in the country.

"Your government must take specific action in budget 2013 to improve the social and economic outcomes of First Nations, Inuit, Metis peoples, as outlined by NDP motion passed unanimously by the House in February," said Peggy Nash.

"The upcoming budget must address issues that have been ignored by the Conservative government for too long," said Nash. "Conservatives must act to improve fiscal accountability, end the inappropriate use of omnibus implementation bills and consult with real people before making changes that will affect them."

However, while presenting the 2012 budget last March 29, the Finance Minister James Flaherty said that the budget plan aims to create economy prosperity not just for the next few years but also for the next generation.

"In this budget, our Government is looking ahead not only over the next few years but also over the next generation," Huffington Post quoted Flaherty, as saying.

 "The reforms we present today are substantial, responsible and necessary. They will ensure that all across government we are focused on enabling and sustaining Canada's long-term economic growth," added James Michael 'Jim' Flaherty.

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