Aboriginal PSE, Veterans' Learning Benefit subject of Liberal election platform

April 4, 2011

If elected May 2, the Liberal Party would invest an additional $200 million in its first 2 years to lift the cap on PSE funding for Aboriginal learners, as outlined in the party's election platform. Consistent with the approach of the Canadian Learning Passport, a Liberal government would explore with Aboriginal leaders ways to deliver resources to students and their families, with a key objective being to increase the retention of Aboriginal students in Canada's post-secondary schools. The Liberals also promise to re-finance the First Nations University of Canada and create a Canada M├ętis Scholarship program. The platform includes a proposed Veterans' Learning Benefit, which would provide full support of the costs of up to 4 years of college, university, or technical education for Canadian Forces veterans following completion of service. Yesterday the Liberals pledged to restore full university status to Royal Military College Saint-Jean. Liberal Platform | Montreal Gazette