â€œInstead of sitting down with their provincial counterparts to negotiate and find a compromise that will actually help unemployed Canadians find work , the Conservatives are trying to bully the provinces,â€� said NDP Employment and Social Development critic Jinny Sims (Newton â€“ North Delta). â€œThis do-nothing budget fails families in need.â€�
Last year, without consulting the provinces, the Conservatives announced the Canada Jobs Grant program which will claw back money already allocated to the provinces. They also spent $2.5 million advertising the grant before it even existed.
â€œThe Conservativesâ€™ failure to negotiate in good faith with the provinces leaves Canadian job-seekers in worse shape,â€� said NDP deputy Employment and Social Development critic Sadia GroguhÃ© (Saint â€“ Lambert). â€œThe Conservatives must go back to the drawing board and find a plan that puts Canadians first.â€�