UAlberta left “bleeding” from UCP budget cuts: Phair and Lafortune

September 8, 2021
The University of Alberta has been left “stabbed and bleeding” by the provincial government’s budget cuts, write former chair of UAlberta’s board of governors Michael Phair and executive director of Public Interest Alberta Bradley Lafortune, who say that the response to this must be policy-based and political. The authors argue that the budget cuts make education less accessible, “demolish” the jobs of over 1,000 university staff, and undermine UAlberta’s “claim to greatness.” The article says that Public Interest Alberta will be walking alongside institutions and their allies to protect UAlberta and other Alberta postsecondary institutions. “[T]he university has been an Edmonton treasure and its excellence has brought nationwide recognition and acclaim to the city and the province; under the UCP and Minister Nicolaides the university is bleeding,” write the authors. Edmonton Journal (AB)