Many Albertans have lost their jobs in the past two years. Up to 122,000 are out of work but that number does not capture those who have stopped looking, the many who have moved to another province and those who are underemployed. I have been meeting with constituents and receiving emails as well as letters on the subject of work.
Like I have said many times in Parliament, we Albertans have spent a generation building up our labour force, convincing anyone who would listen from the world over to come to Alberta to find meaningful work and to raise a family here, and we've also spent the better part of a decade convincing our youth, especially women, to pursue work in the STEM professions (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to now be at this critical juncture where possibly all this hard work will be for naught. We also have a generation of young people graduating into a job market with no jobs for them while carrying very high student debt loads.
The Alberta Jobs Taskforce was put together by Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose in order to crowd source as many good ideas from fellow Albertans as possible. The end result will be a report send to the Liberal government to address our job crunch and to restore the Alberta advantage.
Please come join me for this conversation on Alberta's job future.
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