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Trudeau: ‘Indigenous students deserve same opportunities’

For the record: What the Prime Minister said to a gathering of educators in Ottawa


 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with members of the Canadian Teacher's Federation in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with members of the Canadian Teacher’s Federation in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.(Sean Kilpatrick, CP)

Justin Trudeau spoke to the Canadian Teachers Federation earlier this morning in Ottawa. For the record, here are the remarks prepared for the Prime Minister:

Thank you, Heather, for that kind introduction. I am always happy to have the chance to speak with teachers.

As you know, it was my own profession before I entered politics, and in many ways, a classroom is still where I feel most at home.

I have a habit of looking for the “teachable moments” wherever I go.

Just last week, for example, I was at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo when a reporter jokingly asked me to explain quantum computing, which is something they study there. Well, if you ask a teacher to explain a concept, it doesn’t really matter if you were asking in jest – you’re going to get to the explanation, right?

And I have to tell you, from one teacher to another – it really is easier to explain advanced physics to millions than it is to keep 20 kids on track after two days of indoor recess.

I’m really eager to get to hear your questions for me, so I don’t want to spend too much time talking, but I thought I should touch on a few of the things that our government has done to help teachers and students.

One of the first things we did was to take action to get rid of the previous government’s anti-union legislation. Bill C-4 will repeal two previous bills — C-377 and C-525 — that unfairly targeted unions.

Mes amis, le gouvernement que je dirige respecte les syndicats; il ne les attaque pas. Nous croyons qu’une approche équitable et équilibrée en matière de relations de travail bénéficie à tous les Canadiens. Je suis très fier des démarches législatives que nous avons déjà entreprises pour rétablir cet équilibre.

Nous croyons aussi qu’il est temps d’adopter une nouvelle approche pour les investissements dans l’éducation des Premières Nations. Tous les enfants et les jeunes qui vivent au Canada méritent d’avoir une chance réelle et égale de réussir. Cela commence par une éducation de qualité.

To help give First Nations students a quality education, our government will invest $2.6 billion, over five years, to improve primary and secondary education on reserve.

We’ll also invest nearly $970 million over the same period to repair, build and maintain new schools on reserve.

And because Indigenous students deserve the same opportunities for success as other young Canadians — including access to post-secondary education — we will work with students, parents, educators and Indigenous groups to explore how to best ensure that Indigenous students have the resources and supports they need to succeed.

Access to affordable post-secondary education is a concern for students and their families right across Canada. If you have kids in college or university, you understand this. And if you work with high school students, you know it, too.

Notre plan consiste à rendre l’éducation postsecondaire plus accessible et plus abordable pour les étudiants qui viennent de familles à faible et moyen revenu. Dans le cadre du Programme canadien de bourses aux étudiants, nous leur verserons jusqu’à 1 000$ de plus par année. Cette mesure aidera 360 000 étudiants chaque année.

Over the coming year, we’ll also be working with the provinces and territories to expand access to Canada Student Grants so that even more students will qualify for non-payable assistance.

And finally, because we all know that educators often pay out-of-pocket for supplies to help make classrooms exciting and well-equipped places to learn, we have created a teacher and early childhood educator school supply tax credit.

This credit will start in the 2016 tax year and apply to the purchase of up to $1,000 worth of school supplies, giving educators an annual tax credit of up to $150.

It’s a small recognition of your constant, quiet generosity, and a gesture of appreciation for the incredibly hard work that teachers and early childhood educators do every day.

I hope that gives you a sense of what we’ve been able to accomplish so far.

Nous sommes un nouveau gouvernement, mais aussi un jeune gouvernement. Je suis très heureux des progrès que nous avons pu faire au cours de nos cinq premiers mois.

Nous annulons une mesure législative qui cible injustement les syndicats.

Nous investissons dans les étudiants, y compris les enfants et les jeunes autochtones.

Et nous redonnons un peu à nos enseignants, qui donnent tellement.

These are things that our government takes seriously. Not just because it is led by a former teacher, but because these are the right things to do — for our children, for our communities, for our country.

On behalf of the government and all Canadians, thank you for all that you do. I look forward to your questions.


 

Trudeau: ‘Indigenous students deserve same opportunities’

  1. Trudeau’s speech included these lines:

    “Just last week, for example, I was at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo when a reporter jokingly asked me to explain quantum computing, which is something they study there. Well, if you ask a teacher to explain a concept, it doesn’t really matter if you were asking in jest – you’re going to get to the explanation, right?

    And I have to tell you, from one teacher to another – it really is easier to explain advanced physics to millions than it is to keep 20 kids on track after two days of indoor recess.”

    Someone tell Justine that the Jig is up. It is already being reported that this entire line of questioning was a set-up prepared ahead of time by Trudeau, and the scientists he had just promised to give $50 MILLION of our dollars.

    As I always say….There is NO AMOUNT OF OUR MONEY a Liberal won’t spend in order to make themselves look good.

    Justin….you are a fraud.

    • But you don’t talk about the difference is a single mother with 3 children roughly 56 dollars a day.
      but a single Syrian gets 71 dollars for food a day.
      The person who lived here there whole life paying taxes receives less from government then a immigrant does so how is that fair?
      The lower class and middle class suffer from immigrants it makes it harder for them such as cost of food,rent,utility’s and jobs will pay less and minimum wage will take longer to go up based on supply and demand.
      But government and upper class benefit from immigrants because they pay more taxes on food,rent,utility’s. {PERFECT EXAMPLE VANCOUVER}

      There also is numerous negative side effects such as abuse of the services of Canada,illegal immigration,trafficking drugs,identity and financial fraud,corruption of the government.

      Especially the Asians they should be any true Canadians enemy.They are coming to Vancouver with fraudulent money,bringing heroin,take student loans get degree and just leave and never pay them back,have illegal immigrants brought over,financial bearings,extreme corruption in(VPD,government,and social services),slumlords, and they gangbang 17 year old girls(seen with my own eyes)and with all of these facts why the fuck do they have there own month in Vancouver……where is aboriginal,English,french,Italian ,Ukraine,Indian,black month WTF is this favoritism……….welcome to japanada……i been told numerous times Canada doesn’t believe in there own people but i think its the people who don’t believe a future treachery country.

      WHEN SOMEONE TAKES FOOD OUT OF MY CHILDREN’S MOUTH I M SUPPOSE TO BE HAPPY!!!!!
      ACTION HAVE REACTION PEOPLE HAVE GOOD REASONS TO DISLIKE MIGRANTS TO CANADA.

      THE DIFFERENCE IS PRINCIPLES I GIVE EVERYDAY TO CANADA THROUGH WAR OR POVERTY I WOULD STAY EVEN TO DIE OR STARVE.

      THEY TRAVEL HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD TO CHASING GREED OR THERE COWARDS AND THEN WHEN THERE AIN’T SHIT THERE GONE…….THANKYOU COME AGAIN…..

      there sould be no money for immigrants till we fix disability,old age pension,orphans,welfare,disasters

  2. Not many would argue that the good teachers in our schools earn what they are paid.
    .
    What sullies their reputation, is that these same teachers stand by while those who do not perform are protected and provided equal benefits as all others. Most often these teachers are protected by the unions (ie – all teachers) who stridently protect all but the very worst of the bunch. These are the unions that Trudeau wants to strengthen. Working on behalf of all teachers, who see no issue with turning a blind eye to those who can not teach and should not be part of the profession.
    .
    Just last week I spoke to a high school chem teacher who could not define a mole (look it up – it’s not complex). Yet she continues on, year after year, protected by her “brothers” in the union.
    .
    You are judged by the company you keep … for teachers that seems to be the lowest common denominator.

    • DC….

      Have you heard of the Senate?

      And yes, there are a lot of crap teachers out there………who are just activists pushing an agenda in the only way the found where they could get paid for it.

      • James, you could have benefited from some teaching

        You need help guy, I suggest a word with your doctor

        • Emily,

          I suspect my “book learnin” exceeds yours.

          At least my edu-maction” allows me to earn a decent living. Now get back to hawking those goods on Kijiji……..get those bills paid, and meds paid for.

  3. At some point in time this insane politically correct quest for opportunity becomes a fraudulent game in itself. Why not but 20 white people at the starting line for the 100 meters and play out the farce of equality; better yet let a non African into the Boston marathon and give them a Las Vegas odds of winning.

  4. But you don’t talk about the difference is a single mother with 3 children roughly 56 dollars a day.
    but a single Syrian gets 71 dollars for food a day.
    The person who lived here there whole life paying taxes receives less from government then a immigrant does so how is that fair?
    The lower class and middle class suffer from immigrants it makes it harder for them such as cost of food,rent,utility’s and jobs will pay less and minimum wage will take longer to go up based on supply and demand.
    But government and upper class benefit from immigrants because they pay more taxes on food,rent,utility’s. {PERFECT EXAMPLE VANCOUVER}

    There also is numerous negative side effects such as abuse of the services of Canada,illegal immigration,trafficking drugs,identity and financial fraud,corruption of the government.

    Especially the Asians they should be any true Canadians enemy.They are coming to Vancouver with fraudulent money,bringing heroin,take student loans get degree and just leave and never pay them back,have illegal immigrants brought over,financial bearings,extreme corruption in(VPD,government,and social services),slumlords, and they gangbang 17 year old girls(seen with my own eyes)and with all of these facts why the fuck do they have there own month in Vancouver……where is aboriginal,English,french,Italian ,Ukraine,Indian,black month WTF is this favoritism……….welcome to japanada……i been told numerous times Canada doesn’t believe in there own people but i think its the people who don’t believe a future treachery country.

    WHEN SOMEONE TAKES FOOD OUT OF MY CHILDREN’S MOUTH I M SUPPOSE TO BE HAPPY!!!!!
    ACTION HAVE REACTION PEOPLE HAVE GOOD REASONS TO DISLIKE MIGRANTS TO CANADA.

    THE DIFFERENCE IS PRINCIPLES I GIVE EVERYDAY TO CANADA THROUGH WAR OR POVERTY I WOULD STAY EVEN TO DIE OR STARVE.

    THEY TRAVEL HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD TO CHASING GREED OR THERE COWARDS AND THEN WHEN THERE AIN’T SHIT THERE GONE…….THANKYOU COME AGAIN…..

    there sould be no money for immigrants till we fix disability,old age pension,orphans,welfare,disasters

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