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March 03, 2008

Re:New skills-training program promised – Feb. 29

Liberal party members who paid to hear Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty at their biggest fundraiser of the year were cheated out of the truth. McGuinty falsely stated he was going to work around the federal government to create a skills-training program for laid-off workers, but he ignored the fact that since January 2007, Ottawa has been giving Ontario $525 million a year to deliver support and training to workers through the Employment Insurance program.

On top of that, on Feb. 21, the government signed an agreement with Ontario to provide the money to train workers who don’t have access to training under EI programs, like newcomers, aboriginals or persons with disabilities. In fact, Ontario is going to benefit from $1.2 billion over six years from the federal government to bring these workers into the labour market.

Finally, in April 2007, the federal government’s apprenticeship incentive grant kicked in. We are sending $1,000 per year to registered apprentices who have completed the first or second year or level in a Red Seal trade program.

Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Ottawa

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