International News Desk

At Home: First Nations Education Legislation in Limbo.

The Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Bernard Valcourt, has used a lot of words to say precisely nothing. Post Media’s Mark Kennedy reports that the Minister has said the federal government may drop the bill if it can’t get the support of aboriginal leaders, or that they may go ahead with the bill anyway.

After a public draft of the bill was released and the Assembly of First Nations came out strongly against it, Minister Valcourt was asked if the bill would still be introduced without their acceptance. His response was, “This is a decision which the government will have to take at some point in time.”

It is good to see that our Minister for Aboriginal Affairs understands that a decision about an Aboriginal Affairs issue will have to be made at some point in time. Now if only we had someone in a position of authority who could make such decisions.

Around the World: Chinese International Student Growth Explained

In Xinjiang, China, the communist party secretary says that Chinese university students who hold the wrong political viewpoints will not be allowed to graduate, “even if their professional course work is excellent”. While it is not clear if this is the official policy of the university in China, the simple threat of your course work not being enough to earn your degree helps to explain why so many Chinese students are seeking study options abroad.