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Michael Ignatieff speaks to young Canadians about the choice their families face in this election

Posted on April 27, 2011

SAULT STE. MARIE – Young Canadians and their families can choose a Liberal government in this election that will help them pay for college and university, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said today at St. Mary’s College.

“Liberals today are offering Canadians the choice of a progressive, fiscally responsible government that will invest in the future of our country by providing $4,000 for every student who wants to go college or university,” said Mr. Ignatieff, highlighting the Learning Passport in the Liberal Family Pack.

“While Conservatives choose to put families at the back of the line – spending untold billions on fighter jets, jails and tax breaks for large corporations – we’re committed to a country that balances the need to bring our deficit down with making the investments that will secure our economy for the future,” said Mr. Ignatieff.

Mr. Ignatieff made his remarks as part of a town hall where he took questions from high school students at St. Mary’s College, and was joined by Christian Provenzano, Liberal candidate for Sault Ste. Marie.

The Learning Passport is a signature policy at the centre of a Canadian Learning Strategy that would invest $3 billion over two years in key initiatives including:

  • An Early Childhood Learning and Care Fund;
  • Lifting the cap on Aboriginal Learning;
  • Expanded language training for new Canadians; and
  • A Veterans Learning Benefit

Every dollar invested in the Liberal Family Pack and the Liberal platform is costed, alongside a commitment to deficit reduction and a prudence reserve to protect Canada from unforeseen economic events.

“While Conservatives completely ignore the importance of learning, the NDP are making lofty spending promises they can’t even deliver on, like lowering tuition fees, which lie exclusively within provincial jurisdiction,” said Mr. Ignatieff.

“On May 2nd, only the Liberal Party is offering voters the choice of a credible plan to help your family today on the priorities that matter – getting our kids the education they deserve, creating the child care spaces we need, helping families save for retirement, and defending public health care,” Mr. Ignatieff concluded.

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