"The study found that the total spending on social assistance — benefits for food, shelter, clothing and back-to-work incentives — would go down by $4,230 for each additional high school graduate."If Canada is going to be competitive in the 21st century investment in education, including and especially higher education is essential.
I personally believe this policy should be revived. It would, for a start, deny drivers license to those who do not graduate high school. I would extend this to any and all licenses which are not a matter of charter rights (hunting, fishing, professional licenses etc). But it is not enough to impose penalties without giving people a chance to redeem themselves. Generally public schools need increased funding but more specifically I would set up a nationwide network of community colleges.
These community colleges would be
So, a economically challenged student who wanted a university degree could take their first two years, for a small reasonable amount of money, and could take the first two years over several years if they needed to. This would give them the opportunity to complete half of university without racking up debt and they could work and save money for the next two years. This of course would be combined with the $1000 / month they would be receiving. This would allow more people to go to university, would allow people to get professional certifications without breaking the bank and would allow people to continually re-train to further their careers.
Would this be expensive? Sure, but as I said no doing it costs money too and creates a different kind of deficit - one that hurts the Canadian economy and tax base in very real ways.
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My Platform: Poverty
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