1983-84 The Cuts! The Cuts!
Restraint, restraint, said the new Socred government, cutting back spending and taking away people’s rights. Solidarity, solidarity, said the people, forming coalitions, marching in rallies, going out on strike. We will join you, said the AMS of UBC, worried about funding cuts and the tuition increases that might follow.
And they did: 33 per cent of them, and for good measure the government jumped in and cut student financial aid by 83 per cent and abolished all grants, leaving students free to accumulate debt.
And if you were a foreign student, good luck. For the first time in its history UBC began charging more to international students.
And there were petitions and marches, but the increases went ahead.