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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Klein takes a page from Taft's Book

Wow... what planet am I living on???

Premier Ralph Klein announced tonight on his televised 'address to the people' that the provincial government will institute a fully funded tuition freeze for Alberta's PSE students along with a promise that work will also begin on a new tuition policy to ensure that money isn't a barrier for Albertans seeking an education. The policy will be completed by September 2006.

Well, who am I to dis' a policy that makes sense! It's about time - it took the guy 12 years to get it!?!

I couldn't help but think that these statments by Mr. Klein sounded very very familiar... yes! It sounds kinda like Kevin Taft's Alberta Liberal PSE Policy from last fall's provincial election! But don't take my word for it!

On a Tuition-Freeze

Mr. Klein -"My message tonight to Alberta’s universities, colleges, and technical institutions is this: If you must increase tuitions, don’t send the bill to your students. Send it to us.
As our centennial gift to Alberta’s post-secondary students, government will pay the bill for their tuition increases for next year.

Alberta Liberals - "Immediately freeze post-secondary tuition fees."

On Accessibility

Mr. Klein - "We will do whatever it takes to make sure money isn’t a barrier to attending Alberta’s post-secondary institutions."

Alberta Liberals - "Commission an independent study of Alberta’s post-secondary education system to identify solutions to financing and accessibility issues and to increase student success."

Wow, so... if this is why I voted Alberta Liberal, what did Tories vote for?



Gauntlet said...

Amazing, hey? Not enough, though. Affordable tuition depends on the colleges and universities not being asked to do more with less. If they are, they will continue to pass the cost to students. Our schools need more money, and the money needs to go up and a more realistic rate than 2%/year.

daveberta said...

Ahh, yes, agreed. There still has to be some major new funding to make up for the thousands of new "funded" spots in Alberta's PSE system that our glorious Premier would like to see.

But, I believe that the freeze is a good start in the right direction. But, like always, the devil will be in the details.

So, we shall see....

holtopia said...

I wouldn't get my hopes up for the long term... this is a lame duck premier. :P

daveberta said...

quack quack...

no doubt this installemnt of "this old politician" is a lame duck, but me thinks that the only thing larger than the vast empty space between this lame ducks ears is his massive ego...