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Interesting editorial

December 8, 2008

in the paper today: Foundation for growth,” Telegraph-Journal (Dec. 8/08, A4). In it, the editors laud the recent announcement from the provincial governement that, among other things, they are finally going to do something about the deplorable state of the NBCC Saint John campus. Fair enough. The part that catches the eye, however, runs as follows:

What makes this announcement especially important is the recognition that workforce development and job creation are linked. Without enough skilled labour, some of New Brunswick’s energy megaprojects might not be constructed.

Okay, that’s one way to look at it. To extrapolate: thwarting the Miner/L’Écuyer polytechnic recommendation jeopardized various energy hub projects.

Here’s another way to think of it: the Shawn Graham government almost closed three university campuses solely in order to groom workers for projects that are now being delayed or possibly mothballed because of the tanking economy.

And if that isn’t a textbook example of why education should not be at the mercy of changable political or economic agendas, I don’t know what is.

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