Who Should Students And New Grads Vote For In The Ontario Provincial Election?

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On Thursday, October 6, Ontario will vote for a new premier. Ontario has the highest undergraduate tuition rates in the province and second highest graduate school tuition rates.

Ontario also has the lowest per-student funding in the country. Student debt in Ontario has also risen by 20% over the last decade.

Find out what the candidates are promising students and new graduates here to counter these challenges:

Dalton McGuinty – Liberal

  • Cut post-secondary tuition by 30% for middle-class families (total combined income of less than $160,000 annually) which will save around $730 annually per student in college and $1,600 per student in university
  • Create another 60,000 post-secondary spaces in Ontario
  • Build three new undergraduate campuses to encourage students to study in Ontario
  • Provide grants for low-income Ontario families
  • Keep the cap on student debt to $7,300 per year of undergraduate study
  • Reduce graduates’ loan repayment until they can find work and, if they cannot, loan payments may be reduced to zero
  • Give an additional six-month grace period for loan repayments for graduates who work in the non-profit sector
  • Triple the number of start-ups in Ontario within the next five years to increase jobs for new graduates
  • Have eight “trade missions” where the premier advertises Ontario businesses around the world

Visit the Ontario Liberal Party website for more information.

Tim Hudak – PC

  • Increase spending on K-12 education by $2 billion by the end of first term in office
  • Reduce unnecessary bureaucracy in school boards
  • Increase technology in the classroom: allow parents to view their children’s standardized test results online
  • Create up to 60,000 post-secondary spaces in Ontario
  • End Liberal foreign scholarship program
  • End the “one-size-fits-all” funding of Ontario’s education system by evaluating the individual needs of each school
  • Redirect the $30 million the current McGuinty government gives to foreign students to Ontario students instead

Visit the Ontario PC Party website for more information.

Andrea Horwath – NDP

  • Freeze post-secondary tuition for four years
  • Eliminate interest from the provincial portion of student loans, saving students $300 million annually

Visit the Ontario NDP website for more information.

Not sure how to vote? Check out Elections Ontario‘s “We Make Voting Easy” site.

 

Which issues do you want your future premier to address to help you pursue your undergraduate education and find a good job after graduation?

 

Photo credit: X VOTE by Amir Syed on Flickr
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Vicky Tobianah recently graduated from McGill University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Literature. She also works as a freelance journalist. When she is not busy blogging, making new contacts or researching articles, she enjoys catching up on current affairs, encouraging her friends to become active in political matters and, of course, writing.