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View Judy Foote Profile
Lib. (NL)
I want to pick up where Mr. Martin left off, actually—not the wrap-up bit, but trying to get a handle on job creation.
I've been reading the evidence from the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology of witnesses who appeared before that committee on November 30. You had witnesses from Western Economic Diversification, from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and from the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. They were very specific about jobs created.
I will just give you one example. This was under the recreational funding. It says here:
The City of Mount Pearl, in Newfoundland and Labrador, received $600,000 in RInC funding for a $1.8 million upgrade to its main soccer facility, a project that created 33 short-term jobs.
When we talk about the stimulus funding and about the rationale for it being to create 220,000 jobs and to deal with the ailing infrastructure throughout the country, I have to ask, Madam Baltacioglu, when you say you haven't asked for job numbers, and part of the rationale for having the stimulus funding is to create 220,000 jobs, and it would appear that at least in some cases there are numbers available to you, why haven't you asked for those numbers?
How can you explain that, yes, you're going to create 220,000 jobs, but you're not asking for the numbers, so you really don't know how many jobs have been created?
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