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Ken Hashizume The Minister of Economic Development and Growth took questions from students.
Ontario's Minister of Economic Development and Growth paid a visit to the Sunshine City.
Steven Del Duca was at the Orillia Campus of Georgian College Wednesday afternoon for a student town hall meeting.
Del Duca spoke about his portfolio and also touched on engaging young people to get more involved in the political process.
Afterwards, he answered questions from the approximately 100 students in attendance.
Also there were Georgian College President MaryLynn West-Moynes, Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke, and Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall.
Del Duca says Georgian College and other community colleges in Ontario have done a great job in preparing students for strong careers.
He says this will allow students to provide for themselves and a strong quality of life.
One student raised a question to Del Duca about the minimum wage.
She said a number of jobs in her field start at 14 dollars an hour and wonders why would should she and others like her need to go to college if they end up in a job where it pays the same as a job that doesn't require a post-secondary education.
Del Duca says his government has pursued a series of policy initiatives that are designed to create more fairness.
He admits there are sectors where more work needs to be done to ensure those who provide critical services get compensated properly.
Del Duca also made mention of the provincial budget that will be tabled in the legislature on March 28th.
Del Duca says his government has never shied away from making strategic investments that are needed for a strong economy and strong quality of life.
He says he expects that will continue in the upcoming budget.