Winnipeg Free Press: Helping Universities Pays Long-Term Dividends

August 9, 2019 - Less than a minute read

By Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson

You don’t often hear politicians exalt the benefits of a less-educated population. Yet many provincial governments across the country are putting in place policies that are going to have that effect.

According to the National Observer, the Ford government in Ontario has removed free tuition for low-income students; cut $300 million in financial assistance for college and university students; and cut tens of millions in research funds for science and technology, including stem cell research, quantum computing, and the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity.

The Pallister government in Manitoba has followed much the same path, although in a less bombastic fashion.

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