PCs promise more jobs after graduation
By Mark Brown
Education will be one of the main issues in the next provincial election and the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party will try to convince students by promising jobs upon graduation.
University Students' Council president Ian Armour and University of Alberta Students' Union president Sheamus Murphy met with Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs from London North, on Friday to discuss education, student debt and increasing student representation.
Cunningham said she was pleased with the meeting and the opportunity to hear Murphy's opinions. "Elected people cannot make the changes without students who are articulate and committed."
Both Armour and Sheamus wanted more accountability and they want to know how the money is being spent at Western, Cunningham explained.
Sheamus said he was amazed by the administrative structure at Western. At the U of A, the student union is recognized by the province as the official representative of the students and the university's budget is completely transparent.
Armour agreed, student councils need to be made the legal representatives of students and changes have to be made to increase the accountability of Western's administration, beginning with the Board of Governors. "Realistically, we don't have enough votes to make change," he said.
Cunningham said she will not make any apologies for the changes to post secondary education since they allow a better environment for job creation.
Still, she added, the government does not want students taking on more than $7,000 in debt, which is why the province has created a Ontario Student Opportunity Grant.
Although the PC party has not developed their platform for the next provincial election Cunningham believes education will be an important issue. "Education will be a bit part of it because people are expecting it."