A letter to Canada’s new Prime Minister about the nation’s pressing illiteracy issue.
It’s so refreshing to have a Prime Minister who loves and celebrates books. But think about the huge percentage of people you now lead for whom basic reading and writing is a struggle. And the numbers get progressively worse when we look at things like health literacy; some studies suggest 55% of Canadian adults are unable to understand the information their doctors tell them (88% of seniors are in this position). The lowest rates of literacy are found in impoverished communities, including new Canadians and First Nations.
Mr. Trudeau, I know you’ll agree with me that this just isn’t good enough.
Read the full text of the letter on Bookriot here: An Open Letter on Literacy to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau