Committed to Accessible Education

Zeni Maartman, the New Democratic Party candidate in the federal riding of Nanaimo-Alberni, is committed to making quality education accessible to all Canadians. She recently issued the following statement:

Hard-working Canadians are this country's backbone. And more than ever, our prosperity depends on how well we can equip new generations of workers with the skills they'll need to succeed in a 21st-century economy.

Shamefully, though, rising costs are pushing education and training far out of reach of many families. It was Liberal cuts that sent tuition fees and student debt soaring, and now the Conservatives are offering more of the same—more corporate tax cuts and nothing to make college and university more affordable.

To make sure ordinary Canadians can afford the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, New Democrats are advancing solutions like these:

Bring tuition down through a Post-Secondary Education Act that commits to reliable federal funding in return for provincial commitments to bring down costs for students.

Restore needs-based grants for low-income college and university students so quality education isn't just a privilege for wealthy families.

Reform Canada Student Loans to ease the burden of student debt that limits opportunities for young people for years after graduation.

Launch a national training strategy to expand vocational training opportunities for Canadians while preparing this country to tackle looming skills shortages.

Reform Employment Insurance so more workers can once again qualify for training benefits.

To learn more about Zeni Maartman and the NDP campaign in Nanaimo-Alberni, call Ken Pearce at (250) 756-0732.

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