Cabinet minister at College

April 27, 2014

Sometimes the story that you think will give you an enormous amount of interesting copy (read: a long newspaper article that will rivet the reader’s attention) turns out to be next to nothing. You find that you have to force the words out. Why not just cancel writing the article? In some cases the subject of the story is too important or influential. The editor and the public expects a story on the person to appear in the newspaper. 

When I worked on the Gravelbourg Gazette in the 1980s, the sister of then Premier Grant Devine’s wife lived in the constituency. This meant high level members of the Conservative government came to speak in our ‘one horse’ town including the Premier himself (but that is another story that one day will be featured in this blog if I can find the newspaper clipping). 

The following story is the result of my struggling to make interesting the visit of a mere cabinet minister:

Gravelbourg Gazette

November 16, 1982

Cabinet minister at College

by Tanya Lester

College Mathieu students had the rare opportunity to question a provincial cabinet minister last Tuesday.

Gordon Currie, the Minister of Education, offered to answer students’ questions for a brief period after he had toured the College throughout the morning and before he went for lunch at the school’s dining area.

Responding to questioning, Mr. Currie explained he had attended a small private school called Notre Dame at Wilcox, Saskatchewan when he was a boy. He said he knew, therefore, about students having to make their beds and getting along without “Mommy and Daddy” which would be the case at College Mathieu.

Mr. Currie said he only became involved in politics when the last provincial election was called and ran in the Regina-Wascana constituency. He had been working in a school before the election was called.

The cabinet minister said in his five and a half months as Minister of Education, he has found that “the whole scene of education is very broad.” He said education has changed its perspective from the days when people only received education until graduation. Today, he believes “education is meaningful from birth until death.”

Mr. Currie said that bilingualism is becoming an important part of English specking schools, also.

When questioned concerning the number of students at the College and if the school could remain functionable, Mr. Currie said he would have to check with College board members.

However, he said he did not know if the 83 students attending the College should be increased to “93 or 103” to make the school’s operation feasible. He hoped the government would not get too caught up in numbers when dealing with education issues.

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