SUDBURY, Ontario. – NDP leader Jagmeet Singh pledges financial losses to Canadian students and vows to “immediately and permanently” abolish federal student loan interest and cancel student debt.
Singh spoke on Saturday at a campaign freeze outside Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, ahead of the September 20th federal elections.
Singh says the college students are among the Canadians hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and debt relief would give the youth a necessary head start.
Laurentian recently canceled nearly 60 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs due to a restructuring plan that Singh said would have been “avoidable” with the help of the federal government under Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
Singh says Laurentian is vital to the north and calls the recent cuts “a devastating blow” to indigenous and francophone communities in the region.
Singh is also calling for a national vaccination record, saying the federal government has a role to play in providing Canadians with proof of vaccination that would make it easier for them to travel internationally and locally.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 28, 2021.
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