Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau visited the St. Thomas University campus last week to promote his campaign platform on limiting student debt.
“Your government can’t just cross its fingers for your success, it needs you to be successful,” Trudeau said.
Trudeau’s appearance came on the heels of a Green Party rally on campus earlier that afternoon. Mary Lou Babineau, the Fredericton riding’s Green Party candidate, and Green provincial MLA David Coon had come out to promote the Green Party’s platform of free tuition to post-secondary students.
The NDP have also recently promised to abolish interest on student loans and provide educational grants should they form government after Oct. 19.
Although the Conservative party has not announced plans to relieve student debt, they have mentioned plans to let students work during the school year without a reduction to their loans.
Trudeau made the same speech at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON on Monday.
“We will make it easier to get a post secondary education, and easier to pay off debt at the end of it,” Trudeau said.
Trudeau’s plan doesn’t include free tuition, but it does include a bigger Canada Student Grant increase than the NDP promised, as well as a plan where students will not have to pay back loans after they graduate unless they are making at least $25,000 per year.
The Liberal party is also promising an investment of $40 million per year, to provide more co-op placements for students.