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The Scott Ross: Canada Originally Intended All Education To Be Free

Out of Canada’s 33 Fathers of Confederation, only one went to university.1

It’s not that Nova Scotia’s Charles Tupper was the only intelligent one among them, other founders were businessmen, doctors, and lawyers, it’s that none of those jobs, and many others, did not require any post-secondary education.

The eduction jobs in the late 19th . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canada Originally Intended All Education To Be Free

The Scott Ross: Canada Originally Intended All Education To Be Free

Out of Canada’s 33 Fathers of Confederation, only one went to university.1

It’s not that Nova Scotia’s Charles Tupper was the only intelligent one among them, other founders were businessmen, doctors, and lawyers, it’s that none of those jobs, and many others, did not require any post-secondary education.

And the eduction jobs in the late 19th century did require was entirely made free shortly after confederation because provincial governments, though extremely small and limited, believed that their public schools should provide all the instruction necessary for citizens to obtain jobs in any sector, be it agriculture, engineering, manufacturing, commerce, medicine or law.

Today however provinces have lost sight of the importance they once placed on education. Where once provincial governments provided all the training necessary for a skilled workforce, they are increasingly providing less while at the same time businesses are only requiring more.

By 2020 the BC government predicts that 77.3% of all jobs will require a post-secondary education. That means in seven years provincial governments will not provide the education needed for three-quarters of all jobs whereas for decades those same governments believed it was important enough to provide the education for every job.

When Canada was founded, education was seen as the extremely important public good that it is. Even in that most conservative era of small government, where health care wasn’t paid for, roads were tolled, and government sanitation services were non-existent, education was such a priority that our provincial governments sought to make it entirely free to every citizen, to provide the training and skills for any and every job.

That is how education in Canada was originally viewed by government, and that is how all education necessary for all employment was publicly provided for decades. Of course over time that changed, and now Canada has a skilled labour shortage, productivity is declining, and our economy is stagnating.

And though today education remains perhaps the most beneficial public good, it is now a costly private expense, while health care, an almost entirely private good, along with roads and sanitation are completely paid for with public funds.

The great past of Canada was built on the importance of education and the complete public provision of it in order to train its citizens for every job. Over the last few decades that has changed, and with it so has Canada’s opportunity for a great future.  

1. [Richard Gwyn. John A, The Man Who Made Us, p.321 ] . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canada Originally Intended All Education To Be Free

Paulitical Satire: The Truth About Disappointment – Movie Monday

So, the past couple of months there have been some high profile political loses, at all levels of government. Whether I agree with the loses, like in the case of last week’s vote about abortion, or no it occured to me that so much of politics and of life was about dealing with disappointment. 

With . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: The Truth About Disappointment – Movie Monday

Paulitical Satire: Back to School Tips – Movie Monday

So, while all the little little kiddies went back to school last week, the bigger kiddies are heading back to classes today in most cases. Given that, I thought I would dispense some “I wish I knew then what I know now” typed advice for students going to University and College. As usual, our wonderful videographer, . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: Back to School Tips – Movie Monday

Paulitical Satire: #FF Yourself!! A Follow Friday You’ll Thank Me For

Sometimes I worry that I am actually trapped in the Matrix…

So, I was doing my normal dance around the internet, reading pieces of news from all corners. While I blog mostly politics, I like to stay up on the news of the day for lots of topics. I find twitter.com particularly helpful for . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: #FF Yourself!! A Follow Friday You’ll Thank Me For

Paulitical Satire: Debt Free – How to Get That Debt Monkey Off Your Back

So, I’ve spent the better part of a year and a half I’ve been doing my best to learn a skill that was never taught to me, and that I never really encountered out there in the big wide world until I turned 23: budgeting. When I finally was introduced to the cruel mistress that . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: Debt Free – How to Get That Debt Monkey Off Your Back

Paulitical Satire: How to Ace a Job Interview – Paulitical Styles

the more boring they are, the harder they fall…back into unemployment

So, I was reading an article on the Star’s Moneyville blog that purported to be about how young people can perfect there interview skills and not make some common mistakes. I encourage you to take a quick look here  as it isn’t entirely . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: How to Ace a Job Interview – Paulitical Styles