ST JOHN’S –Students congratulate the newly elected Liberal government led by Dwight Ball and look forward to working with them and all Members of the House of Assembly to build accessible, affordable, high quality post-secondary education in the province.
In response to a questionnaire posed to all parties by the Canadian Federation of Students, Mr. Ball committed to maintaining the tuition freeze for Newfoundland and Labrador residents and to craft a plan ‘informed and inspired by stakeholders like the Canadian Federation of Students’. “For more than 15 years, successive provincial governments in Newfoundland and Labrador have improved access to education,” said Travis Perry, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students Newfoundland and Labrador. “Mr. Ball has extended his hand to students in this election, and we are prepared to work together to continue this proud tradition.”
Throughout the election, students were clear in their demand to all parties to commit to keep the freeze for all students studying in Newfoundland and Labrador. Thousands of students who have come from outside the province to study, work and live in Newfoundland and Labrador remain concerned that they may see tuition hikes under Mr. Ball’s new government. Additionally, while Mr. Ball committed to open collaboration in determining core-operating grants for the College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University, no tangible commitments were made to restoring the recent $20 million and $15 million funding cuts.
The Keep The Freeze campaign has demonstrated that students in Newfoundland and Labrador are organized and ready to protect our reputable system of accessible, affordable, high-quality post-secondary education, and that our communities will stand with us. A recent public opinion poll by Abacus Data commissioned by the Federation suggests than any move to dismantle the tuition fee freeze would be grossly out of touch with the values of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. 92% of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians believe that we must take action to help students afford to go to college or university and 82% of voters support maintaining the tuition fee freeze in the province.
“We will not rest until all students in the province are afforded an opportunity to pursue the college and university education that today’s young people need to succeed,” said Perry.
The Canadian Federation of Students – Newfoundland and Labrador represents every public post-secondary student in the province.
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