AB election should be about post-secondary: Mason

April 15, 2019

While people argue about the creation of a new pipeline, most Albertans realize that the fossil fuel industry has entered a terminal decline, even if that decline might take decades, writes Gary Mason for the Globe and Mail. Bearing this new reality in mind, Mason argues that post-secondary education should be the primary area of policy focus for AB parties and voters in the upcoming provincial election. Mason notes that AB has the lowest post-secondary participation rates in Canada, due in part to the opportunities for those without PSE to obtain high-paying jobs in the oil and gas sector. As the AB economy changes, however, people will increasingly require PSE to participate meaningfully in the labour market, and that will mean making higher education a greater priority. Globe and Mail (Subscription required) (AB)