(Sent to the Globe and Mail June 30, 2023 – firstname.lastname@example.org)
Canada is not the United States of America yet we have gradually followed that countryâ€™s decades long descent into a world where education is only available to those with the ability to pay up front or for 20 years after completion. It doesnâ€™t matter if it is a trades diploma or a PhD, it is a disgrace and economic suicide that we limit peopleâ€™s ability to educate themselves, transition to new careers, or discover new ones. Furthermore, the growing reliance on fleecing international students to pay for domestic programs is a national disgrace and sullyâ€™s our reputation as a welcoming, fair-minded, nation. Education is the basis of human civilized society. It should always be a service provided to all, by all. No matter the political party, all governments should recognize this and commit to making education a right for all Canadian residents to access for free.