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New Democrats introduce PSE act

Education critic wants national standards applied across Canada

New Democrat Member of Parliament, Nikki Ashton, has introduced a private-members bill that would see the federal government establish post-secondary education standards across Canada. Bill C-635 would “establish criteria and conditions in respect of funding for post-secondary education programs in order to ensure the quality, accessibility, public administration and accountability of those programs.” Ashton told the Canadian University Press that despite the fact that education is within provincial jurisdiction, Ottawa also “has a responsibility to ensure that something that’s so integral to the way we move forward as a country is being invested in.” As with other pending legislation, Ashton’s bill would not be carried forward in the event of an election. Ashton is the NDP’s post-secondary education critic.

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