Question Period (05.15.2012)
MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s North.
MR. KIRBY: Mr. Speaker, not surprisingly, the word green does not appear anywhere in government’s Outlook: 2020 labour market report. Any forward looking government would have a plan to prepare for a green economy workforce.
So I ask the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills: What worker training programs are in place for energy efficiency, green waste management, environmental mediation, and other green industries?
MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!
The hon. the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills.
SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!
MS BURKE: Mr. Speaker, with all due respect, I think the hon. member who just asked a question has no idea what Outlook 2020 is all about.
The document that was produced last year by this government for Outlook 2020 is able to position the Province and explain – do the analysis of where we are in our economy today, and as we look out, where the labour market gaps will be, to help us prepare for the future.
Mr. Speaker, we have some major resource developments on the horizon in this Province, we also have an aging population where people are going to retire. As a Province, we need to understand that – so we developed the appropriate policies and programs to help the people in this Province have the opportunity to attach to the labour market.