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Tuition freeze won't leave institutions in the cold

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Re. “Tuition cap has a price,” Editorial, Nov. 7

A recent Edmonton Journal editorial was right when it said the Alberta NDP is committed to students.

By freezing tuition and indexing future increases to the consumer price index, we hope to take the guesswork out of the biggest investment of their lives.

It’s wrong, however, to suggest we are knee-capping universities in the process.

Just before our government came into power, Alberta was heading off a fiscal cliff and into the worst recession in generations. Bracing for impact, the Conservative government campaigned on a budget that not only failed to protect universities from inflation, but jettisoned 1.4 per cent from the post-secondary education budget.

Our new government chose a different approach: we refused to make Alberta families pay for global commodity price drops. We froze tuition but regularly backfilled funding for universities to make up the difference. What’s more, every single budget we’ve tabled has........

© Edmonton Journal