Whither the skills agenda?

Government still committed but must move ahead in “measured, careful, thoughtful ways,” says HRDC minister.
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2003

Federal Finance Minister Paul Martin is preparing to table a new budget this month and there are signs that the government, no longer able to afford it, will put aside its much-hyped agenda on innovation and skills.

That would be a mistake, said David Zussman, president of the Public Policy Forum. Addressing national security concerns is very important, but the federal government must not forget its pledge to help Canadian employers find skilled workers, he said.

A national skills agenda is needed to ensure Canada maintains a leading place in the global economy. And it needs to be included in this budget, he added. It can’t be put off for another year because other urgent needs could come up and push it aside once again.