Pallister Government Failing to Raise Private Funds for Student Bursaries

Fundraising lags while tens of thousands of student aid dollars spent on ad campaign

The NDP have learned that the Pallister government has raised only $1.8 million from private donors for bursaries in the first six months of the year. At the same time, the Government is spending tens of thousands of dollars trying to convince students and families that education isn’t getting more expensive, NDP Education Critic Matt Wiebe revealed today.

Why Cuts Hurt Education

Dear friends,

I'm writing you today about the changes happening in our province. Like many parents, I'm concerned about the cuts being made to public services that families like mine count on. In particular, as a music teacher, I'm really starting to see first-hand how Brian Pallister's agenda is having a negative impact on public education and our childrens' future. 

As you may have heard, the Pallister government’s 2017 budget does not include nearly enough funding to cover inflation and the growing needs of the students in our schools.

Pallister Government Misleads Families by Repackaging Bursary Program for Post-Secondary Students

The Pallister government is misleading families by trying to portray funding announced today as something new, NDP Education Critic Wab Kinew said.

“Today, the Pallister government tried to claim it was doing students a favour ¬– two days after they said they’ll make students play $58 million more in taxes,” Kinew said. “In reality, the amount of funding announced today is the same as last year – it’s just repackaged with earlier availability dates,” Kinew said.

Pallister Government Hurting Schools; Setting Stage for Worse Outcomes for Students

The Pallister government’s refusal to properly fund public schools will hurt students by making it tougher for teachers to offer the high-quality education families expect and deserve, NDP education critic Wab Kinew said today.

“The world is changing and we need to prepare students for the jobs and society of the future, which means we need to invest more in education, not less.” Kinew said. “But today, the Pallister government has said it will give public schools millions less than they will need to keep up with inflation and rising costs.”

Pallister government interferance in bargaining puts U of M school year in joepardy: Wab Kinew

“We have learned today that the Pallister government directly interfered for political reasons in an ongoing labour negotiation,” said NDP MLA Wab Kinew. "The U of M and the faculty association have been bargaining for months and were already in mediation, but the Pallister government has forced them to start over by appearing to impose a wage freeze on all public sector employees.