As we continue our analysis of the federal parties Post-Secondary Education platforms, we would like to welcome everyone to the Faculty of Platitudes! (aka: the Green Party of Canada PSE policies...)
In their recently released main policy document, the Green Party has lived up to their name and proved that they are green in the PSE policy arena (nyuk nyuk nyuk...). Not a very good PSE policy package, it sits on the extremely vague side of the scale on just about every point.
In the document, they left us with six main PSE points... and not much to analyze...
Here it is...
Okay. This sounds fine and we're assuming it means giving the provinces more money for PSE. Dedicated transfer? Vague.
"167. Boost participation in cooperative education programs and apprenticeships."
"168. Encourage more hands-on learning in our post-secondary education system."
Really vague... We would seriously like to know what "Hands-on learning" means... does this mean anything at all?
"169. Harmonize government programs such as the Millennium Scholarship Fund to provide a single need-based grant program to reduce student debt."
We agree that harmonization of programs is good for efficiency, but we have a suspicion that our definition of harmonization and their definition of harmonization may be different. Tones more needs-based grants are needed, but we need more details.
"170. Increase investments in post-secondary education and ensure that public funding plays a major role in research and development initiatives."
Sounds good. But vague.
Well, in our professional opinion, the Greens have definitely dropped the ball on this policy area...
As well, the Globe and Mail has released some of the details of the Liberal PSE policy, which is supposed to be released tomorrow. We're not going to comment on the details from the story; we'll wait until it's actually released before we do the critiquing.