When it was announced that the Millennium Scholarship Foundation would not be renewed at the end of the year, response ranged from a giddy declaration of victory on the part of the Canadian Federation of Students, to sober analysis on how to ensure the new Canada Student Grant system is effectively administered from Alex Usher, a former employee of the Fund.
While I do not deny that CFS lobbying efforts played a role in the demise of the Foundation, I would point out that it took a Conservative government to make it possible. The Foundation which was removed from parliamentary scrutiny and effectively tied the hands that spend, is widely viewed as a Jean Chretien vanity project. I can’t imagine the Harper government appreciated such a thing.
A logical conclusion to this, I suppose, will be that the perrennial “Vote Education” slogan will now be code for “Vote Conservative.”