Monday, March 07, 2011

Education Wins Elections

That is what Ignatieff's hoping. He wants to make post-secondary education a high-key election issue. As he puts it, "if you get the grades, you get to go." This is part of a "pan-Canadian learning strategy" that the Liberal Party plans to release only during the election this year or in 2012.

While education might win elections, secrecy will lose elections. That's why it's stupid to hide the plan until a campaign. Many Canadians do not know much about the Liberal Party's platform and it seems secretive and opportunistic to keep it... secret until a campaign. If the Liberals want to be the party of accountability, it's essential that it starts with the release of Party plans.
OTTAWA — On his recent cross-country tours, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff has talked often about post-secondary education and how his party plans to make it more affordable so that, “if you get the grades, you get to go.” 
Does that mean free tuition? More scholarships? And if so, how would an Ignatieff-led government pay for it?
Read more at the Province.


  1. A National Daycare program and a National Post Secondary Education Program? How?

  2. University students would double or triple. Universities would hire twice as many staff to deal with this. Then (because it's free) numberous students would say "I don't think this is for me" and leave after 3 or 4 months. What then?

  3. Maybe Ignatieff has been out of the country too long to realize education is provincial jurisdiction.

  4. What the Liberals need is a comprehensive and coherent plan, a vision, if you will, of how to maximize the opportunities for improvement in the quality of life of all Canadians who aspire to improvement. Making post-secondary education accessible for those with both the ability and desire but not the financial means is a good first step, but needs to be part of a larger outlook that stands in contrast to what the Harper Government represents and offers. People need a clear choice before they go to the polls.


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