Free tuition in NB may spark baby boom

April 22, 2009

Ivan Court, the mayor of Saint John, is calling on the New Brunswick government to offer free tuition as a way to fuel a baby boom after the latest demographic portrait of the city indicates it is not growing very quickly. Court says the initiative might help Saint John's population grow rather than shrink. When he taught high school 3 years ago, the mayor says most people decided not to have children because they couldn't afford to educate them. According to the latest census, Saint John's population dropped by 0.2%. CBC