NDP

Minister Regan must answer for rising tuition costs

June 29, 2015


NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald wants to know what the McNeil government is doing to prevent massive tuition increases in the wake of its decision to remove the cap. She says the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education can’t continue to sit on her hands while the cost of post-secondary education spirals out of control.

“First Cape Breton University raised tuition by 22% and now we find out some students at Dalhousie could be paying an extra $1000 next year,” says MacDonald. “It’s disingenuous for Minister Regan to say these decisions are out of her control. These tuition hikes are her responsibility and it’s unfair to students that she is unwilling to address them.”

MacDonald says by Minister Regan’s own admission rising tuition hurts enrollment. In 2011 Kelly Regan was quoted as saying, “tuition hikes of 6 per cent, 10 per cent, and 14 per cent mean that many students will be discouraged from enrolling in professional programs.”

“Once again, Stephen McNeil and the Liberals aren’t the government they promised to be,” adds MacDonald.