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.
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