Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

June 02, 2006 12:44 ET

The Honourable Diane Finley Encouraged by Discussions at G8 Ministerial Meeting on Education in Moscow

MOSCOW, RUSSIA--(CCNMatthews - June 2, 2006) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, is pleased with the discussions that took place at the G8 ministerial meeting on education on June 1 and 2.

"Discussions over the last two days allowed us to share our new government's approach to promoting jobs and growth by strengthening Canadians' skills and knowledge", said Minister Finley.

Participating in the meeting with Minister Finley were Joan Burke, Chair of the Council of Ministers of Education Canada and Minister of Education for Newfoundland and Labrador, and Jean-Marc Fournier, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports for Quebec.

Minister Finley noted the importance of partnerships at all levels of government to help Canadians realize their potential by being more competitive in the 21st century knowledge economy.

Like other G8 nations at the meeting, Canada has witnessed a dramatic rise in skill and education requirements in recent years.

Highlighting the importance for Canadians of the issues discussed at the meeting, Minister Finley said, "A skilled workforce is an integral part of our Government's plan to ensure our country's economic prosperity and a better life for all Canadians."

For more information on the G8 education ministers' meeting, please see the ministerial declaration at

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Colleen Cameron
    Press Secretary
    (819) 994-2482
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations
    (819) 994-5559