Little left for skills agenda after billions committed to security

Sector councils to receive funding increase
By David Brown
||Last Updated: 04/09/2003

After months of talk about the need to enrich Canada’s labour pool, the national skills agenda was overshadowed by security spending - though not completely forgotten in Monday’s budget.

Finance Minister Paul Martin reiterated the government’s position that a more educated and skilled labour force is a key driver of productivity and therefore a key to competitiveness.

“Mr. Speaker, knowledge is to the information age what steam was to the industrial age: it is the fuel that drives it, the energy that sustains it,” he said before going on to review earlier contributions of the government to skills and learning.