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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

The Alberta government - and those who swear that Alberta is the papragon of all thigs good and virtuous in Canada -- love to repeat the line that 'Alberta has the best-educated workforce in the country.' Stats Canada's got an answer for them: BZZZZZZT! WRONG! NOT LIKELY!

Turns out that BC has a higher proportion of residents between the ages of 25 and 64 with a trade school, college, or university education than any other province; 56.4%. Ontario has the highest proposrtion of university grads, with BC in second place. The number of university grads in BC jumped more than 75% between 1991 and 2001, which means that the previous NDP government did get one thing right: they invested in advanced education, making it possible for more people to get degrees and diplomas, and doing what they could to make it so that one's education was determined more by the strength of one's brain, rather than the strength of Daddy's wallet. Give 'em credit where it's due. The Dippers also eliminated fees for adult basic education (read: high-school equivalency) which led to there being 11% fewer working-aged BC'ers with less than a high school diploma.

Who knows? Maybe the Alberta government includes bible college grads as being part of their highly educated workforce. I sure as hell wouldn't. But the most educated workforce in Canada being in Alberta? Another Alberta myth laid to rest. Here's another critical look at the bluster around Alberta, found in National Post Business magazine, at that!.

Table: Top 5 provinces and territories by level of education
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