The Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) suggests, quite rightly, that post-secondary education and training policy has been a non-issue thus far in the federal election campaign:
We are now into the “home stretch” for the October 14 federal election. All parties have spoken to the state of the economy and pronounced policies and measures for voters to consider. Among these, post-secondary education and training has received only limited attention. Access to a high quality post-secondary education is critical to our prosperity. Universities and colleges play a central role in delivering the skills and knowledge that underpin personal development, success in the labour market, an innovative and productive economy, and a citizenry engaged in their communities.
Investing in the skills and training of our current workforce is critical to success for Canada and Canadians in today’s global knowledge economy. CPRN studies have shown the importance of increased investment and better planning for post-secondary education and training as a fundamental strategy for Canada’s economic policy.
What is the likelihood that Canada’s political leaders will address post-secondary education and training issues in tonight’s televised English-language debate?