Volume 91, Issue 93

Wednesday, March 25, 1998



A reformed lesson

Re: A proposed education reform, March 12

To the Editor:
I had the honour of serving as leader of the Education Party of Canada during the 1997 federal election campaign. I think it is time to educate Pablo Frank on his Reform rhetoric. Pablo seems to believe that making interest on student loans tax-deductible has been in the Reform party platform for 10 years. Pablo let me give you a break. I would like to quote Reform MP and Official Opposition Critic for Student Loans Rob Anders' December 1997 Reform minority opinion on the government's Ensuring Access: Assistance for Post-Secondary Students, A Report Prepared for the Standing Committee of the House of Commons on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons With Disabilities.

Pablo, I quote, "Tax-deductible student loans invite widespread abuse. Recommendation #5 states that the Liberal government should consider the option of making student loans tax-deductible. If student loans did become tax-deductible, there would be an enormous incentive to take the maximum amount in student loans, rather than in other loans that are not tax-deductible. Student loans should be used to help allay the costs of education, not to replace other legitimate loans by using student loan money for cars, vacations or personal items. Therefore, the government should not provide any incentives to use subsidized student loans in place of regular bank loans."

Pablo clearly your party does not support tax-deductible student loans. It is time for you to go back to reform school.
Michael Rubinoff
Political Science III

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