Leveraging skills and talent of Ontarians key to economic growth, says Premier Wynne

Education is a cornerstone of Canadian democracy, and leveraging the skills and talent of people is key to economic growth, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday.

“I got involved in politics because I believe education is a cornerstone of our democracy,” Wynne told CBC Radio in an interview with Ottawa Morning.

“The talent and skills of our people – those are our advantages…When we talk about economic growth and our future economy, we’re talking about the ability of our people to compete globally.”

Wynne made the remarks as she kicked off a 10-day tour of Ontario’s universities and colleges, during which she will meet with students to hear about the issues that are relevant to them, including how they’re making decisions about their future.

Premier Wynne attends UN Model Parliament session of Ontario university students in OttawaShe said she wants to know how her government can help provide opportunities to Ontario youth.

Her first stop was in Ottawa, where she met with students from La Cite Collegial, before attending a model student Parliament at Laurentian University in Sudbury.

The Premier will be attending student pub nights, going table-to-table in classroom discussions, and sitting down with faculty and teaching assistants to celebrate the role of higher education in building talent and skills as she visits several universities and colleges over the next ten days.

Social media was abuzz with excitement over her tour, and tweeters were reminded of the Premier’s own days as a university student when her Policy Advisor tweeted a photo of her in Queen’s University gear.

Next week she visits McMaster, Western, University of Waterloo, the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus and meets with students from Algoma.

COU will be following the Premier’s tour closely on Twitter, and you can track the conversation by following us at @OntUniv.