Green party plans to eliminate tuition

Paying for school would be a thing of the past if the Green Party were elected in October.

Green Party leader Elizabeth May unveiled the party’s election platform Wednesday, a 44-page document that includes plans to “break the status quo” in Canadian post-secondary institutions by eliminating tuition fees. The Green Party plan would also restore Canada Post’s home delivery service and repeal Bill C-51.

Green Party leader Elizabeth May released the 2015 election platform during Wednesday's campaign. (Courtesy of Green Party of Canada)

Green Party leader Elizabeth May released the 2015 election platform during Wednesday’s campaign. (Courtesy of Green Party of Canada)

The Greens say they want to start by abolishing tuition fees for students “without adequate financial means,” and by 2020, they will eliminate fees across the board. The party platform says “consultation and collaboration with provincial governments and universities and colleges” would facilitate the process of stopping tuition charges.

The Green Party plan also includes student debt relief. The Party wants to eliminate any existing or future student debt that exceeds $10,000 and ban charging interest on new loans.

May said also it would benefit the Green Party to work with a coalition government without formally joining.

“I would love to be a promoter, a matchmaker, someone who encourages the Liberals and New Democrats to form a coalition,” she said. “I think that would be very healthy.”

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