This is a
unique year for our federation. For starters, the annual Canadian Forum on
Public Education, an event that provides a wonderful pretext for the AGM, is
taking 2019 off as Education International holds its quadrennial congress in
Bangkok, Thailand. The World Congress brings together delegates from EI’s 400
affiliate organizations, including the CTF-FCE. Together, national education
organizations will pave the way forward for global public education policy.
Back at home here in Canada, the CTF-FCE is ready to embark on a transition.
This AGM is my last as president as I hand over the reins to our next leader to
be elected during this year’s proceedings.
the CTF-FCE celebrates 100 years there is much work to be done. To reflect the
theme and direction of EI’s World Congress, our AGM is also framed as ‘Educators
and their Unions Take the Lead.’ Across our country, we are witnessing a wave
of populist ideas and political parties set on dismantling our public
institutions and education is caught in the eye of the storm. This AGM is set
to bring forth policy that reflects our policies to build better and more
robust publicly funded public education systems as well as create a more
inclusive and just society for all.
of our members can be seen in plain sight from coast to coast to coast as they
work to both withstand the tide of austerity measures and in spite of the
challenges, to make public education in Canada recognized among the best in the
together we are the CTF-FCE and our work is rooted in social justice and seeks
to ensure that quality, inclusive publicly funded public education is a public
good in Canada and abroad.
forward to seeing you in Ottawa this July and, especially, to a lively and
productive AGM full of progressive ideas. And to all of my colleagues and
friends, good luck in the future as you continue the fight for quality public