A visit from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was not entirely inspiring for some delegates at the Youth Labour Forum in Ottawa, on Tuesday.
Dozens turned their back on the Liberal leader and shouted quips like “you turned your backs on us!” while moderators tried to ask questions during the PM’s visit.
Many youth in the audience were critical of how the government is dealing the Trans Pacific Parnership deal and their employment prospects.
The catalyst of the latter came from comments made by Finance Minister Bill Morneau to Liberal party insiders in Niagara Falls, recently, in which he said today’s youth needs to prepare for high turnover and short-term contracts, because those type of jobs are here to stay.
The Canadian Labour Congress event saw many lose their cool when Trudeau suggested that precarious work including jobs with no pensions are simply a fact of life.
Youth unemployment is almost twice the national unemployment average. During last year’s election, the Liberals promised to create 125,000 jobs annually for young people by spending $1.5 billion on a youth employment strategy.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 25, 2016