Education and Lifelong Learning Mandate Letter
Honourable Brad Trivers
Education and Lifelong Learning
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Dear Minister Trivers:
I am pleased that you have agreed to serve Islanders as Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning.
Our new Progressive Conservative government will work to deliver real benefits for all Islanders; because it’s about people. Guided by our approach that begins with putting people at the heart of every decision, we have offered a new, ambitious plan to deliver on our long-term vision for a stronger, healthier province.
I plan to effect change in a way that is true to Island values with strong consideration to our people, communities, wellness and environment. As Premier, I am renewing my commitment to lead with civility, respect, courtesy, and kindness; applying this philosophy to every aspect of our new Progressive Conservative government.
We seek the involvement of the People, ensuring our progress is measurable through transparent decision making and broad public engagement. We’re proud of our individuality and it’s our responsibility, as Islanders, to ensure our Communities are strengthened and sustained for many generations to allow for resiliency and success. Maintaining our Wellness and healthy living means having timely access to the information and resources Islanders need to take care of themselves and their loved ones. The connection between Islanders and our Environment: the water, land, and the air has always been deeply personal. As stewards of these precious resources, we must understand their value and respect their fragility. These considerations along with your specific ministerial objectives should guide your work and shape your priorities from day to day.
I made a personal commitment to bring new leadership and a new tone to government. I want to work with all MLAs in the Legislative Assembly, and this new cooperative approach is critical to the success of our government.
Islanders expect our government to work together to advance the public good. That means seeking out, fostering, and advancing good ideas regardless of which side of the house they come from.
As minister, you are responsible for ensuring members of the Green and Liberal caucuses are appropriately consulted on major issues and legislation. This consultation and information sharing will occur in accordance with protocols established through caucus house leaders, and in accordance with relevant legislation and confidence. This level of practical collaboration is what Islanders have called on us to do and what we will work to provide them.
As the Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning, your overarching goal is to lead our province’s efforts to develop and deliver excellent high-quality education in English and French for Island children from birth to Grade 12, while also encouraging and promoting skills development and learning opportunities throughout all stages of life. You will ensure your departmental focus is on supporting the Speech from the Throne delivered on June 14, 2019 while delivering on priorities specific to your mandate.
I expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to make substantive progress on the following priorities:
- Work with the private and public sectors to ensure that the delivery of child care services is accessible and responsive to the needs of all Islanders;
- Establish a youth school-to-workforce transition taskforce so that our young graduates are properly prepared for employment;
- Ensure that all stakeholders have a voice in the delivery of education, including parents, grandparents, guardians, and students;
- Review educational funding and program models, such as the inclusive education model, and make practical adjustments to meet the complex and diverse needs in our Island classrooms;
- Identify skill gaps and emerging employment sectors and work with our Island educators and institutions to deliver programming to address these opportunities including the expansion of technology-related post-secondary programs;
- Lead and implement universal public half-day community-based pre-kindergarten for Island four-year-olds;
- Reduce the financial burden for Island post-secondary students through direct funding and innovative solutions such as open-textbook initiatives;
- Reinstate school boards that have elected representatives and encourage further collaboration and communication between school boards, the Department and education and community stakeholders;
- Review the standardized testing process to ensure the appropriate assessment tools are being utilized, educational authorities are responsive to the results, and educators and learners are supported to address and improve individual outcomes;
- Review the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission to ensure its function and role has remained current with the needs of Islanders;
- Work with your colleague the Minister of Agriculture and Land to develop and implement a fulsome provincial school food program building on recent pilot success;
- Work with your colleague the Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy to increase vocational opportunities in Island high-schools, and increase the participation of equity-seeking groups in our trades;
- Work with your colleague the Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture to fund, grow, and retain research and intellectual property here on PEI, and support the marketing and commercialization for the benefit of all Islanders;
- Work with your colleague the Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture to review program delivery of provincial immigration, Skills PEI, LMDA and LMA to ensure their goals and deliveries are aligned;
- Work with your colleague the Minister of Health and Wellness to implement the first 1000 days initiative; and
- Work with your colleague the Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture to champion and inspire Island culture and heritage and increase awareness and education of our proud past.
Islanders expect us to fulfill our commitments, and it is my expectation that you will work with our skilled professional public service to deliver on this mandate. You are to consult with your Deputy Minister and other senior officials under your leadership to ensure that all decisions are solidly based on the best facts and evidence which are available. The public service is a valuable resource and our government believes in building an even stronger work environment based upon clear communication, dignity for all employees and a mutual respect. The list of priorities is ambitious and will take time to plan and deliver to achieve successful outcomes.
I want to remind you of the importance of reducing red tape and other barriers facing Islanders accessing services and considering the climate impact while delivering on your priorities. These lenses must transcend through all Departments. Keep in mind that as we move forward our government’s priorities may have to adapt to reflect changes in circumstances. We will work together to ensure any amendments required are well thought out and reasoned.
All members of Cabinet are expected to review, understand and act according to the Conflict of Interest Act and to conduct themselves with the highest level of integrity. As a Minister of the Crown the manner in which you conduct yourself reflects on you, as well as your Cabinet colleagues and our government as a whole.
I know I can count on you to fulfill the important responsibilities entrusted in you. In turn, please know that you can count on me to support you every day in your role as Minister.
I look forward to working together with you to build opportunity for all Islanders.
Honourable Dennis King
Premier of Prince Edward Island