Monday, May 4th was a milestone event in efforts to re-instate tuition-free ABE in BC. As members of the Legislature debated the issues, NDP MLAs led the debate – their points resonating and meeting with applause from the thousands of ABE students around the province watching via live webcast.
Kathy Corrigan – NDP, Burnaby – Deer Lake
Rob Fleming – NDP, Victoria – Swan Lake
Jane Shin – NDP, Burnaby – Lougheed
Harry Bains – NDP, Surrey – Newton
Katrine Conroy – Kootenay West
Shane Simpson – Vancouver – Hastings
The BC Liberals stuck to their talking points; however, these NDP MLAs made clear on the issues, among them that a high school diploma for adults is not “still” free in the K-12 system. Rather, these adult programs in the K-12 system are either non-existent in many jurisdictions or are in the process of being cut from school board budgets due to steep reductions in funding.
To read more, link to Hansard (11:00 – 12:00) period.