Originally posted by Johan Boyden:
[QB]The NDP official line is freeze tuition.
Um, no it isn't. Perhaps you should read the NDP platform, specifically, this section:
Cutting tuition fees, just as NDP governments in British Columbia and Manitoba did, with a national plan to reduce fees by 10 per cent and then freeze them by increasing federal funding for post-secondary education and working with the provinces to make sure it happens.
On the local candidates thing, Kyall, I had the pleasure of asking a question on the current provisions of the bancruptcy act in an Ottawa-Centre all candidate debate last night, specifically whether the candidates would work to repeal the 10 year ban on students filing for bancruptcy, and here are the responses:
Mike Murphy, Conservative:
- no answer to the actual question. Said Conservatives would elimiate parental contributions for students loans (ie make it easier for students to go into debt); look into more flexible repayment terms, because the level of debt wasn't the problem, but repayment was (likely meaning income contingent loan repayment); and increasing coop programs.
David Chernushenko, Green Party
- Said couldn't give an "on the spot response" (in spite of the fact that we have a written response from his campaign on this issue). said that the Green party was committeed to freezing tution fees, and to finding cost savings on campus through reduced resource consumption.
Ed Broadbent, NDP
- Agreed the provisions should be repealed. Added that we needed to channel the dollars cut from post-secondary education, in particular those post-1997 when we were in a surplus situation, back into the system, putting in place conditions for the reciept of those funds, that being not only a freeze of fees, but a 10% rollback, as in Manitoba.
Richard Mahoney, Liberal
- Mahoney said that tuition fees were provincial jurisdiction. He said that he could not answer the question, but would look into it. He was aware there had been changes to the Bancruptcy Act, and either they hadn't been put in place or they hadn't been effective. He said that affordable post-secondary education was a goal of the previous Liberal goivernments, which is why they'd put in place the RESP and increased the Canada Education Savings Grant (he didn't mention how this it functions as a tax deferral and way of giving grants to wealthier families) , and made repayment easier for Canada Student Loans.