Hands out of Ontario students’ pockets

Feb 18, 2019 by

Chris Selley –

Image result for Merrilee FullertonOntario’s Progressive Conservative government announced the end of various mandatory fees for post-secondary students last month — including those for student unions — with great principled fanfare. Merrilee Fullerton, the minister of training, colleges and universities, spoke of affordability and “freedom of choice.” Since then, alas, both sides have been running a close race to mount the worst arguments in their favour.

The Tories drastically weakened their principled stance this week in a fundraising email from Premier Doug Ford, in which he claimed comprehensively to be fixing post-secondary education in Ontario after more than a decade of Liberal mismanagement. “Students were forced into unions and forced to pay for those unions,” Ford observed, in his folksy-incredulous way. (“These guys are nuts,” he remarked of Liberal complaints.)

“I think we all know what kind of crazy Marxist nonsense student unions get up to,” Ford added, as if channelling Jordan Peterson.

One might reasonably support freedom of choice and also deplore Marxist nonsense. But this does leave the impression that, say, Ayn Rand-ian nonsense wouldn’t be quite so bad.

Source: Chris Selley: Hands out of Ontario students’ pockets | National Post

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