AB NDP, CAUT express concern over budget cuts to PSE sector

March 4, 2021
Alberta’s NDP officials and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) are reacting to the cuts to postsecondary funding announced by the UCP last week. NDP leader Rachel Notley called postsecondary education “the economic engine of our province,” and expressed concern that students would leave Alberta to study in other provinces. Notley called for a tuition freeze, for a halt on performance-based funding, and a halt on student loan rate hikes. CAUT has also expressed concern about the cuts. “This privatization of public post-secondary education reduces quality and denies access to those who are in need of opportunity,” said CAUT President Brenda Austin-Smith. “The decision to cut post-secondary education is short-sighted. Robust recovery will not be possible without strong post-secondary education.” Calgary Herald | CBC | CAUT (AB)