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Well, all you people

April 8, 2009

who concluded that the provincial government’s “Action Plan” must, given its cover-to-cover vacuity, have been merely a face-saving gesture after the embarrassment of the Miner/L’Écuyer debacle: it seems you were wrong. Enough time has passed, and certainly enough is happening elsewhere, that the “plan” could surely have been allowed to die a natural death, remembered only by embittered and cantankerous academics who can’t let go of their day in the sun. But no: like the parents in that Seinfeld episode who were the only ones who did not realise that their baby was ugly, the Dept. of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour has announced the formation of a new bureaucratic entity, the Groupe de concertation sur l’éducation postsecondaire (CEPS) francophone du Nord-Est in Shippagan, the task of which is to “facilitate the establishment of much closer ties between francophone post-secondary institutions and communities to ensure that the programs offered in the northeast quickly meet local needs,” according to Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, “as stipulated in The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick: Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better.”

But look on the bright side. All those front-line social workers are gone but hey, there are three new jobs associated with this new body.

(Speaking of “being in this place,” what about that advertisement that features a woman extolling the benefits of raising a family in New Brunswick who jokingly asks Shawn Graham, premier of a province that has only an estimated thirteen per cent of the child care spots it needs, to babysit? It’s a corker.)


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