from New Brunswick

I met the Hon. Ed Doherty before he was a government member. He was just an MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) who showed up at meetings about literacy when he didn't have to... guess he thought literacy was important even then. Now literacy is part of his ministerial portfolio. Go figure.

Anyway, here is the statement issued through Communications NB by the Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister, in recognition of International Literacy Day, Sept. 8, 2007. I'm posting it here as part of my own, poor attempts to generate at least some ILD media in my province:

"The Province of New Brunswick is pleased to join the international community in celebrating International Literacy Day. International Literacy Day presents a timely opportunity to promote the benefits and the importance of literacy around the world and at home. In New Brunswick, we are dedicated to improving literacy rates for people of all ages.

"To help strengthen literacy rates, we have committed to a substantial increase in funding for literacy services, as stated in the Charter for Change. This funding will be used to expand and improve literacy services delivered to adults. It will also provide support for the integration of the Community Adult Learning Program (CALP) and the Community Access Centre program (CAC).

"Through increased funding and new initiatives, I am certain we can provide the people of New Brunswick with the necessary skills and confidence needed to be able to fully participate in society. A literate workforce pays off in productivity and innovation, and provides the foundation necessary for New Brunswick to succeed economically.

"I would like to thank all of the volunteers in communities throughout the province, as well as our partners in the private sector, who work tirelessly to bring new and enhanced literacy opportunities to the province. I would also like to thank all of the hard working government and non-government organizations for their continued efforts to help more people realize the benefits of literacy.

"By working collaboratively with our various partners and strengthening our literacy resources I am confident that it will help achieve our goal of self-sufficiency by 2026."

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