OTTAWA — Jobs Minister Jason Kenney wants educators to encourage students to learn a trade and to bring back shop classes to high schools.
"We all know that for a very long time, for three or four decades, provincial governments and school boards have marginalized vocational training and technical education," Kenney told a conference in Toronto on Thursday.
"I think it's important that young people know that becoming a ... plumber or electrician is far more likely to generate them a better life-time income than going to university and getting a BA in political science," he said.
"We have a surplus of those in Ottawa as it is."
Kenney said academic degrees are fine for some, but for others it doesn't mean a job will follow.
His comments come as the government grapples with a skilled labour shortage that is expected to intensify in the next decade because of the booming resources sector.