Thank you for your question. I didn't mean to be critical about the Canada-U.S. thing. We're still waiting, and I understand.
In terms of your question, we do work with local high schools across Canada. It's an issue, however. When I went through high school, there were no shop classes. Those are all gone.
There's been a change in the way that some provinces deliver high school curricula. In Oakville, Ontario, where I grew up, it was out of the system. We can go to the high schools and talk, but there is no practical stuff for the kids to do, and so your example is a great one, where a community organization or a community college is doing that sooner.
In Germany, for example—I think I talked about this in October—they have a decision-making process whereby you're either going to university or you're going to learn a trade. It's very regimented. As a result, they have a very successful system: there's a big supply of skilled workers. So it's really about our country, which goes to your comment about everyone having to go to university.
We're getting folks getting apprenticeships after they go to university. That's fine. There's nothing wrong with that, but we need to get to them sooner—I would say even before high school. We should be introducing folks to this in elementary school. This is not something the committee controls, but provincial governments have the jurisdiction over this sort of thing. This is what I'm talking about when I say the federal government has a role in determining some of these policies rather than just being the writer of cheques in LMDAs.
These LMDAs can be used to address some of these practical things. Now, it's not as easy as I make it out to be, but these are some of the things I'm trying to get across, including that we should be doing it sooner.