|Pos' secretary? What in tarnation is that, Misser Harper?|
Just kidding. I'm sure they can all read and write at some level but there's an interesting piece in The Tyee revealing how many Harper ministers have no post-secondary education whatsoever. The names may surprise you.
Marjory Lebreton (leader of the government in the Senate)
Gerry Ritz (agriculture)
Denis Lebel (transport and infrastructure)
Leona Aglukkaq (health)
Peter Kent (environment)
Gail Shea (national revenue)
Julian Fantino (international cooperation)
Bernard Valcourt (minister of state for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
Lynn Yelich (minister of state for western economic diversification)
Ted Menzies (minister of state for finance)
Tim Uppal (minister of state for democratic reform)
Almost a third of the Harper cabinet have a high school education or less including such luminaries as Marjory Lebreton, Gerry Ritz (predictable), Leona Aglukkaq (ditto), Peter Kent (OMG!) and Julian Fantino. And then there's this bunch:
Five of Harper's cabinet are post-secondary dropouts or non-completers. Jason Kenney (immigration) dropped out of the University of San Francisco, and James Moore (heritage and languages) did a couple of years at Douglas College here in Vancouver. Keith Ashfield (fisheries and oceans) had two years of business courses at the University of New Brunswick.
Peter Penashue (intergovernmental affairs) studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland but seems not to have completed. And Gary Goodyear (science and technology) dropped out of Waterloo before completing his schooling at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
Of course this knock on Harper's blockheads draws the inevitable backlash shouting "elitism." And, to their credit, they can point to the past two Liberal leaders, both of them professors. But really, should Canada have a health minister, an agriculture (and food safety) minister, and an environment minister whose last exposure to science was in a high school chem lab? Then again I guess Harper can't justify 16 tourism ministers.