Davis, Hon. W.G. and Gérin-Lajoie, Hon. M. Paul
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In common with Bill Davis, a determination to make education as germane as possible to today's and tomorrow's requirements of society and make of it a true agent of development. Quebec's efforts at expansion. The Department of Education's activity as the very axis on which revolves the whole Quebec Government policy of economic recovery and development. Concepts considered and reaffirmed in the last "Annual Review of the Economic Council of Canada," especially with regard to education. Quebec's reform of the educational system, and its priority of education. Examples of priority, and some specifics as to education in Quebec. Allocating the financial resources to the Province. Exchanges of views taking place between the provinces. Participation of the provinces in various professional education organizations and the co-operation of the provinces and the federal government in the fields of vocational and technical education, manpower research, industrial and co-operation with industry, educational statistics, external aid and other fields.
Advances in education a force which will bind Canada together in the future. Comments on the concept of provincial responsibility for education, as embodied in the British North America Act. Implications of decentralization that go beyond the original reasons for the decision of 1867. The need for flexibility. Decentralizing from the provincial level. The question as to what should be controlled at the department and what should be left to local control. Setting general objectives for local officials and encouraging local approaches and innovation. The need for such partnership to have the necessary resources including highly qualified supervisory and administrative personnel. Efforts in Ontario to organize strong, viable local educational authorities, and some results. The issue of transferring students from province to province in a decentralized system. The role that the federal government may play. An example of co-operation. Amendment to the Department of Education Act which allowed for the establishment of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology, and what they are intended to be. Decentralized authority for the colleges, and other operating details. How the Federal Government may assist by providing resources, which are then supplemented by the Province in order to meet local requirements. Coming to terms with new circumstances and new technologies. Changing in order to master change. Far-reaching implications of such changes for employment, for education and for training. Education and training as long-term solutions. Education as a shrewd and profitable investment. Research and development as the keys to the future. The need for a continuing evaluation of the old and the new. Education priorities that transcend provincial boundaries. The need to exchange information and profit by mutual experience. The lack of impediments to such co-operation as the most prevalent and positive factor in Canadian educational life. The promising new developments in the relations between the people of Ontario and Quebec. Prospective cultural exchange programme now in its initial stages.