Whitby-Oshawa MPP Lorne Coe is taking aim at Premier Kathleen Wynne over her free tuition plan to university and college students from low-income families.
Ontario PC Critic for Training, Colleges and Universities, Lorne Coe is calling on the Premier of Ontario to explain what he calls a ‘flip flopping’ on the government’s initial post-budget claims of free tuition for many Ontario college and university students.
“The Premier says she’s worried about the Free Tuition plan. In fact, the Premier now claims it is free with some explanation required.”
The Liberal government announced in its February provincial budget that it was eliminating current programs and creating an Ontario Student Grant as a replacement, which would pay for average college or university tuition for students from families with incomes of 50 thousand or less, in the 2017-2018 school year.
During Monday’s Question Period, Coe claims the Premier had no problem calling it free tuition on March 1st.
“It’s only when students looked at the fine print did the Premier add her asterisk. The Premier noted, Mr. Speaker that the government’s original claims of free tuition are simply wrong.”
Premier Kathleen Wynne says 150 thousand students in Ontario will have free tuition.
“The Ontario University Student Association have been advocating for these changes. The student groups have been asking us to make these changes, we have and students will have free tuition. Those 150,000 students will have free tuition, Mr. Speaker.”
“Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the Liberals are taking away 165 million dollars worth of tax credits from students.”
Coe says he’s asking the Premier for an admission that the tuition plan wasn’t about helping students but was “about distracting from her scandal, waste and mismanagement.”