Ministers Reaffirm Commitment to Work with Federal Government
COUNCIL OF ATLANTIC MINISTERS OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING–Ministers Reaffirm Commitment to Work with Federal Government The Atlantic ministers of education and training met today, Jan.14, in Corner Brook, NL, to identify common priority areas tobegin pursuing a long-term plan with the federal government foreducation and training that will support and enhance AtlanticCanada’s prosperity. The ministers plan to meet with Atlantic Canadian members ofParliament of the Liberal, Conservative and the New Democraticparties in February to initiate discussions on the learning needsof Atlantic Canadians. During these meetings, ministers ofeducation and training will outline the major issues facingAtlantic education systems and explore ways in which both levelsof government might co-operate for the benefit of all AtlanticCanadians. The ministers recognize that the first steps in thesediscussions are to establish common priorities and develop ashared approach to meeting the education and training needs ofAtlantic Canadians. At the meeting in Corner Brook, the ministers agreed that thereare new opportunities for enhancing the level of co-operation inpublic and post-secondary education and training. In post-secondary education, improving university and community collegeinfrastructure and building a strong research capacity remain apriority for the ministers. They intend to convey to theirfederal colleagues that post-secondary education institutionshave a uniquely important role to play in transforming theregion’s economy through innovation. They will investigate howthey can work with the federal government to meet thesechallenges. The ministers also plan to raise the topics of training andskills development with the federal government. Given that bothlevels of government exercise responsibility in this area, closeco-operation is needed to enhance skills, productivity andmobility in the workplace. They believe that governments need tocontinuously support the workforce to upgrade their skills toremain competitive. A constructive, responsive and co-operativemodel for federal-provincial collaboration can lead to jointinvestments and build the region’s education capacity.