World Teachers’ Day – Statement by the Leader of the Liberal Party

The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on World Teachers’ Day:

“On World Teachers’ Day, we recognize the mentors and guides who have helped us become the people we are today.

Everyone remembers the teacher who inspired them to find their passion, or who taught them lifelong values of hard work, perseverance, and integrity.

Being a teacher is about preparing kids to pursue their dreams, and helping them have confidence in their power to make a positive difference. They have an extraordinary impact because they never stop working for their students. That’s why, over the last four years, we have been there for our teachers, with everything from a tax benefit for teachers and early childhood educators, to investing in schools and Indigenous education across the country.

Last month, we announced that a re-elected Liberal government will keep moving forward, by creating more before and after school care spaces and making Canada Student Grants more generous.

This year’s theme – Young Teachers: The future of the Profession – reminds us not just of the remarkable teachers here in Canada, but of people around the world who are dedicated to giving their students the best possible start in life. Since 2015, Canada has been a leader in supporting education around the globe. At the G7 Leaders’ Summit, we mobilized a historic investment of almost $3.8 billion in education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations. To build on this progress, we later welcomed an additional $527 million to help developing countries give every child access to quality education and modern skills training.

A re-elected Liberal government will continue this work, from spending no less than ten per cent of our international development assistance budget on education, to leading an international campaign to ensure all children living in refugee or displacement camps get a good education.

I am incredibly proud to have been a teacher, and to have worked alongside the people who go above and beyond to help every young person succeed. Today, let’s celebrate the teachers who change their students’ lives for the better, and create a brighter tomorrow for everyone.”