Dewar's plan for Canadian youth

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appeal to young Canadians 17 to 25

One of the NDP leadership candidates has whipped up a special work program for young people. They work for Canada or in the Third World and Paul Dewar pays the bill when they get back home.

That’s if Dewar can get the NDP leadership and be elected prime minister.

 He’s got the determination to do it.  All he needs are the votes.

What he has in mind is sort of a Canadian Peace Corps, or maybe a Company of Young Canadians, or an international Katimavik.

He calls it “Your Canadian Year.” The British have something called “Your Gap Year.”

The idea behind the Dewar program is to motivate young people to do something to better the world. In return he comes up with $1.3 billion a year for 10 000 Canadians between the ages of 17 and 25.

They get $1,500 a month to live on while they work, and when they get back to their studies they get $6 000 a year to pay for training or their post-secondary tuition.

Dewar says young people need experience and the non-profit organizations need the creative energy of a younger generation. The fit is good.

And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that with so many young people searching for a job these days, or wishing they had the money for post-secondary schooling, the plan won’t hurt Dewar’s leadership bid.

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