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View Sean Fraser Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Sean Fraser Profile
2020-02-04 13:46
Thank you very much.
When it rains, it pours. I'm going to toss a few questions Mr. Brown's way, but really one, because I'm going to be sharing my time with my colleague Mr. Fragiskatos.
I'm a former student leader of the CASA organization at StFX University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. One of the points you made that I was really taken with is that you described—although it was in the climate context—how students are part of the solution going forward. I think that's obviously true, and not just in terms of climate change. It kills me when I see that there are business solutions, scientific developments and solutions to climate change that are locked in the mind of a kid who can't afford an education. We are all losing out when that child isn't able to go to university because they may have grown up in a low-income, debt-averse household.
You mentioned that we should have certain programs, like the Canada student grants program, that actually help on the front end. We increased, in the previous Parliament, the Canada student grants program by 50% and campaigned on a commitment to increase it further. I'm curious as to whether you have advice on how that can best be deployed to ensure that the entire nation benefits from this potential that's currently untapped, whether it's in the skilled trades, in science programming or in liberal arts backgrounds. How can we tailor the Canada student grants program to ensure that we allow that for students who are currently not pursuing an education because of the risk of taking on too much debt?
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