Video: Toronto Centre Green candidate John Deverell

The cost of the tuition is hotly debated everywhere and that includes the Toronto Centre byelection where the Green Party and its candidate John Deverell are offering a unique solution to the problem.

Deverell proposes a possible carbon tax on “fossil fuels” instead of lowering tuition.

The tax could be used to address climate change and provide a subsidy to all Canadians older than 18 who can then use it to pay tuition.

“We’re not keeping that money for undefinable government purposes, we are going to give that money back to you as a Canada income supplement,” said Deverell.

He participated in a candidate question-and-answer session Monday evening and spoke with The Ryersonian afterwards.

Deverell is a former journalist and worked for the Toronto Star covering politics, labour and business.

Deverell has also been a lifelong proponent of reforming Canada’s electoral system.

All four candidates for the Toronto Centre byelection will participate in an all-candidates’ debate Wednesday evening. Check out for live blog coverage.

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