Hon. Serge Joyal:
Madam Minister, with greatest respect, you have not answered the request of Senator Wallin on the Charter analysis of the criteria that the government has imposed on the summer jobs program. Could you commit yourself to table, in this chamber, the legal opinion on the constitutionality of the criteria that the government has imposed on the summer jobs program so that every senator will have an opportunity to make up their mind on this important issue?
Hon. Patricia A. Hajdu, P.C., M.P., Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour: Thank you very much, senator. I appreciate the question and the irony in asking for a Charter analysis on upholding the Charter, but I do believe that the approach we’ve taken ensures that Canadian young people have great quality experiences through the Canada Summer Jobs program in a way that respects the’ Charter rights and freedoms of Canadians and other fundamental rights that have been won by Canadians, in particular, Canadian women in the country.