Questions for Candidates
Your responses to the following questions will be shared with members of
the literacy community and others. We look forward to your responses.
- Two out of five Canadians face serious literacy challenges: they
have the skills they need to deal with the demands of today’s constantly
changing information-based economy and society. These literacy challenges
have a cost – for families, communities and our country. Yet,
Canada remains one of the few industrialized countries without
a national strategy
for adult literacy.
Will you join leaders from the community sector,
business, labour, and across government jurisdictions in supporting
the call for comprehensive,
pan-Canadian action on literacy?
- A blueprint for action on literacy is ready. At the request of the
federal government, the literacy community worked with partners
from a wide variety
of sectors to develop a comprehensive pan-Canadian literacy strategy.
This action plan was delivered to the government in the fall of
2005. We hope
that after the election, all parties will work toward concrete
action on this agenda.
a. Will you commit yourself to raising literacy
as a priority within your caucus and within parliament?
b. Will you
support concrete federal action to implement a comprehensive pan-Canadian
c. Will you work to ensure that this plan has the
resources necessary to make a difference?