Saturday, May 24, 2008

Conservatives to kill student loan program

The Canada Student Loans program is an institution that have helped millions of Canadians over the years pursue and obtain a higher education, allowing them to go on and becoming productive, higher-tax paying members of society that contribute to an improved quality of life for all Canadians.

Once again showing their disdain for Canada’s youth and for post-secondary education, I’ve learned that the Conservative government plans to kill the student loan program that so many Canadians, particularly those from low-income families, rely on to go to university or college:

“That’s it, we are cutting off all the student loan programs.” – Peter MacKay, Macleans, May 2008

This is absolutely ridiculous! Without the student loan program thousands of young Canadians will have to either drop out of university for lack of funds, either postponing their educations or abandoning it altogether, or take on second or third jobs to pay their way, either delaying their studies or leaving them so tired during classes their grades suffer mightily.

This Conservative action to cut off all student loan programs is ridiculous. It must not stand!

At a time when higher education is more important than ever to compete in an increasingly knowledge-based global economy we should be ENCOURAGING our your to go to university, we should be making it EASIER. Instead, the Harper Conservatives are ensuring university is a bastion of the privileged and the wealthy.

This is not the Canada I know. Shame Stephen Harper and Peter MacKay! Shame!

*Don't be frightened, They’re not really going to cut off all student loan programs. Peter was making a joke at a soccer game. Here’s the source of the quote for context. But if the Conservative Party can take quotes and twist them ridiculously out of context for Conservative.ca articles and even national TV ads, then I thought I could have a little fun, show they’re just as vulnerable to this kind of childish nonsense too, and highlight just how dumb their misleading communications strategy really is.

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6 comments:

A BCer in Toronto said...

*OK, they’re not really going to cut off all student loan programs. Peter was making a joke at a soccer game. Here’s the source of the quote for context. But if the Conservative Party can take quotes and twist them ridiculously out of context for Conservative.ca articles and even national TV ads, then I thought I could have a little fun and show they’re just as vulnerable to this kind of childish nonsense too.

Zorpheous said...

~giggle~

Too good not to abuse, repeatably.

Barcs said...

speaking of taking things out of context.... I better leave that one: "Too good not to abuse, repeatably." well enough alone....

:)

Mike514 said...

It's spelled "MacKay." I'm not saying it to be rude or snobby...

I only say it because I noticed you used McKay as a label. Which makes the label useless.

A BCer in Toronto said...

Actually Mike, that helps get my posts to the top of the google rankings for people that are looking for information on our current defence minister but, like me, can't spell. :)

900 ft Jesus said...

you gave me an effing panic attack! But it says something about the CONs that despite my immediate shock and disbelief, I had to read on because I figured with them, it isn't inconceivable that they would cut student loans.

Funny as hell, though, and point well made.