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Liberal Statement on International Literacy Day

Liberal Statement on International Literacy Day

Posted on September 8, 2012

MONTRÉAL— Liberal Post Secondary Education, Youth and Amateur Sport critic Justin Trudeau made the following statement today on the United Nation’s International Literacy Day:

“Today in Canada and around the world we recognize the vital importance of literacy skills in ensuring employability and success in today’s society.

At home, nearly 50 percent of all Canadian adults have low levels of literacy. This fundamentally undermines the social and economic wellbeing of our population.

But instead of meeting this challenge, the Conservatives have cut funding to adult literacy programs. This is unacceptable.

On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary caucus I call on the federal government to recognize literacy as an essential human right and the foundation of lifelong learning by committing to the goal of building a fully literate Canada.”