Post-sec­ondary should be free for Is­landers: Red­mond

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

NDP Leader Mike Red­mond is call­ing on the P.E.I. gov­ern­ment to work to­wards pro­vid­ing uni­ver­sal post-sec­ondary education for all Is­land res­i­dents.

He says he be­lieves there is no bet­ter time to im­ple­ment a plan.

“A so­ci­ety must en­sure that its chil­dren have ac­cess to education and health care,” he said.

“This is a right, not a priv­i­lege.” Red­mond notes mil­lions in post-sec­ondary education sup­ports are given by the prov­ince to the Uni­ver­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land, Hol­land Col­lege and Col­lege Acadie every year.

He says P.E.I. could be leader in education by en­sur­ing all cit­i­zens have uni­ver­sal free ac­cess to post-sec­ondary education.

“If we are se­ri­ous about at­tract­ing young fam­i­lies to P.E.I. and im­prov­ing our stan­dard of liv­ing, then there is no greater in­vest­ment in our com­mu­ni­ties and, most im­por­tantly, in our youth. Education is the key to a bet­ter fu­ture for our chil­dren and our prov­ince.”

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