By Stephen Hume. Yet legislature is adorned with historians, literature scholars, musicians and sociologists. I laughed out loud when I read Vaughn Palmer’s joke with Shirley Bond about career choices. The cabinet minister was explaining the governing Liberals’ plan for higher education, which would involve socially engineering our world class universities — three make the top 500 list and one, UBC, ranks 40th — to make them better farm teams for business. The plan would serve the same lazy industries that protest taxes, high wages and skills shortages, but which expect taxpayers to foot the bill for training their future employees. More...