Mr. Speaker, like my colleague who preceded me, I want to rise today in recognition of Literacy Action Day.
Literacy influences all aspects of our lives. It is at the heart of our learning during our childhood and is what makes it possible to earn and contribute fully to society.
Literacy is also vital to us as a nation given its crucial role, in a knowledge based economy, in ensuring Canada remains productive and competitive. Although we live in a prosperous country that is rich in resources, there are still far too many adults unable to read and write properly.
We are aware of the challenges we face, and we are working hard to meet them.