PC Blue Book promises to cost $135 million a year

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Includes tuition freeze, grants instead of student loans

The PCs are promising not only a continued freeze on post-secondary education tuition, but elimination of provincial student loans in favour of needs-based grants.

The goodies for students are part of a new PC blue book of promises that will cost $135 million a year.

In a one-and-a-half page news release on the unveiling of the “New Energy” blue book in Grand Falls-Windsor this morning, Dunderdale noted that fiscal responsibility is the underlying theme of the party’s platform.

The blue book has been traditionally released by the party in the early days of its election campaigns.

“Building a future for the benefit of generations to come will be a high priority for a Progressive Conservative government and one that is fueled by new energy,” Dunderdale said.

But, she said fiscal responsbility would be balanced with needs of the people of the province, as well as job creation and economic growth.

Dunderdale said the blue book is a guide for using money from non-renewable resources to develop renewable industries and a “sustainable econony.”

“New energy lays out a strategic, fiscally responsible plan for more jobs, better health care, stronger partnerships and continued resource development,” Dunderdale said.

“We will continue to cultivate conditions conducive to growth.”

She promised “responsible fiscal discipline, a solid foundation of reliable infrastructure, competitive taxation, minimal red tape and progressive public services, including a range of instrument and initiatives to help businesses grow and families thrive.”

Dunderdale said the province’s spending won’t grow beyond “a sustainable level” and if the fiscal priorities “need to change,” she pledged to consult the public during the pre-budget consultation process.

She said some of the spending will save money in the long run, such as improving health care wait times.

“Together through a partnership of collective effort and individual responsibility, we as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will ensure that Newfoundland and Labrador grows stronger and more prosperous than ever before,” Dunderdale said.

More details later and full coverage in Friday’s Telegram.

Click here to view Blue Book details


Organizations: New Energy

Geographic location: Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • WhoKnows
    September 22, 2011 - 13:14

    Unless you're one of those people who is attending University for the *sole* purpose of learning something completely impractical (ie. Folklore, Fine Arts etc.) than it's perfectly reasonable to pay your pay through.

  • dianne
    September 22, 2011 - 10:17

    I work all my life...I earn everything i have...now it look like my taxes will be going up...if this party keep doing these thing...just as will. if i went on welfare. thank you pc for more demand on my pay cheque.

    • Hold on
      September 22, 2011 - 13:38

      Could be worse, the NDP or Liberals could form the government, have you heard all the spending promises they've made.

  • Stay in Da Bay
    September 22, 2011 - 10:11

    If ya dont wants to pay for da edumacation and a little shack to lay yer head. 'Den bye, I specks you should stay in da bay.

    • yellow dory
      September 22, 2011 - 10:23

      135 million for students is nice to see But the only break for the pensioners is that we'll give you a break when you are forced to harvest your own food . OMG .

  • Student
    September 22, 2011 - 09:48

    "The PCs are promising not only a continued freeze on post-secondary education tuition, but elimination of provincial student loans in favour of needs-based grants." Any increase in non-repayable grants is a arguably a good thing but a tuition freeze does very little to address the issue of affordablity of post-secondary education. Tuition is only one minor factor in the cost of post-secondary education. It is just the most politically active and most widely publicized. What good is an inexpensive university in St. Johns when students have to pay outrageous amounts for housing and transportation?

  • Derrick
    September 22, 2011 - 09:46

    DP...I agree with you 100%. I had to move to St. John's several years ago to pursue my university education. I ended up with a student loan that took me about 12 years to pay off. Students from St. John's had no students at all....or had very little. Why should they have basically a free education and cost the rural kids thousands upon thousand of dollars. I'd like to hear Peter Putyourgasaway's opinion too from a Federal perspective.

    • wow
      September 22, 2011 - 11:45

      12 years, sounds like a lot of nights on George street.

  • Jerome
    September 22, 2011 - 09:25

    A 35% break for seniors who want to purchase a big game license. A 35% break on anything is great, but why not a break on vehicle registration fees? When Danny Williams took over in 2003, the cost of registering a vehicle was $140.00 and his government increased it to $180.00. I could be wrong, but I believe that more seniors drive than hunt.

  • DP
    September 22, 2011 - 09:18

    We have alot of creative and brilliant kids in rural Newfoundland and Labrador, so what is in this platform for them. Perhaps the other parties can come out with a program of not just needs based but rural based, so that our rural graduates can get an education and not have to go to alberta for work. Rural students cannot pay $800 mth for rent to get an education. Rural students should get an additional subsidy grant so that access to education is an equal opportunity. Needs based grant does not have that mechanism built into it.