chapter  4
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A Nation at Rest: The Contexts for Change in Teacher Education in Canada

Whilst the unique features of Canadian educational policy, namely the absence of national control, inevitably delay adoption of general trends, as the second introductory quote hints, in the end Canada tends to follow general patterns of Western change and reform. At the moment in Canada, whilst there are a number of nominally socialist provincial governments across the country, fiscal conservatism is dominant. Public education and specifically teacher education are two areas at which deficit-cutting conservatives seem to be taking particular aim. This change in economic context towards the economic restructuring and deficit reduction is part of a much wider process of Western and indeed global change. The recent election of a Liberal government in Canada is therefore unlikely to reverse fiscal conservatism.