Federal election 2011: Education, children and youth to be key issues for CTF

March 28, 2011

(CTF News Service – Ottawa) Canadian teachers and supporters of public education are encouraged to examine each federal party’s position related to education, children and youth, and to vote for candidates who give priority to education and public programs that support the well-being of children and youth.

“Our Canadian public education systems face many challenges. Some of these can be addressed through federal/provincial/territorial partnerships while others through direct action by the federal government”, says Mary-Lou Donnelly, President of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF).

“Although responsibility for education lies with the provinces and territories, programs and services of many government departments directly affect teaching and learning in Canadian classrooms. Some of these departments include Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (Aboriginal education), Canadian Heritage (official languages and copyright), Human resources and Skills Development Canada (labour, poverty and homelessness), Finance Canada and Health Canada.

“Teachers have much to offer on the direction of legislation and programs that affect K-12 education in Canada. That is why CTF has prepared a document entitled Federal Election: Education, Children and Youth that is being shared widely across Canada. The document highlights CTF’s position and recommendations on the following issues: child poverty, child care, international cooperation, human exploitation and trafficking, status of women and women’s rights, labour rights, copyright and educational use of the Internet, and cyberconduct.

“This federal election campaign will be an opportunity to raise the profile of public education issues and we hope that our document will be a catalyst for dialogue and increased candidate awareness of how federal policies impact on teaching and learning in Canadian schools,” concludes Donnelly.

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation speaks for nearly 200,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues.  CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International.

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Media Contact:

Mary-Lou Donnelly, CTF President

John Staple, Deputy Secretary General

Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314