88th CMEC Meeting: Minister Tom Hedderson named Chair of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada


Toronto, October 6, 2005 -- During a two-day meeting this week, ministers of education nominated the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Education for Newfoundland and Labrador, as the new Chair of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).  In keeping with CMEC practice, Newfoundland and Labrador will be the chair for a period of two years.

“I am pleased and honoured to accept this role,” said Minister Hedderson.  “My colleagues and I are working in concert on an impressive array of pan-Canadian activities, and I look forward to playing an active role in putting education at the top of the national agenda.  In continuing to work with all our partners, we want to build the best education systems in the world where every learner succeeds.”

During the CMEC meeting in Quebec City on October 4 and 5, the topics of aboriginal education, safe and caring learning environments, postsecondary education, on-line learning, and copyright were front and centre in their discussions.  Minister Hedderson described the meeting as “highly constructive. I believe that everyone will benefit from our efforts to cooperate in enhancing student success.”

CMEC is an intergovernmental body composed of the ministers responsible for elementary-secondary and advanced education from the provinces and territories.  Through CMEC, ministers share information and undertake projects in areas of mutual interest and concern.

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Hanca Chang
Tel.: (416) 962-8100, ext. 233
E-mail: h.chang@cmec.ca
Web site: www.cmec.ca