October 23, 2003 (37th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Jane Stewart

Liberal

Hon. Jane Stewart (Minister of Human Resources Development, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, while it may seem unbelievable, eight million Canadians do not have the literacy and numeracy skills that they need to fully participate in Canada's knowledge based society and economy.
While the Government of Canada invests $30 million a year in literacy programs and services through the National Literacy Secretariat, more needs to be done.
I congratulate the hon. member and indeed all members of the standing committee on human resources for their recent comprehensive report that gives us good direction on how best to tackle Canada's literacy challenge.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Literacy
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