Monday, August 15th, 2011

Dalton McGuinty Promises to Reward Students for Working in Not-For-Profits

Dalton McGuinty

Photo: Dalton McGuinty

Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty has made his first “if I’m re-elected” promise to College and university students.

McGuinty announced that, if re-elected, his Liberals will extend the grace period for the repayment of student loans, if a graduate finds work in the not-for-profit sector.

“We believe it’s important for young people to have an opportunity to help our broader society,” said McGuinty at a youth wing meeting of the Ontario Liberal Party in Sudbury.

“Extending the payback period for student loans makes it easier for graduates who take that first job in organizations where they can help.”

Not surprisingly, The Liberals’ opponents are already poking holes in the plan. Sudbury NDP candidate Paul Loewenberg warned voters not to be fooled by the promise. He released a statement that claims that a longer grace period doesn’t make up for tuition hike after tuition hike.

“Only Andrea Horwath and Ontario’s New Democrats will make life more affordable for Ontario families and deliver change that puts students and their families first,” said Loewenberg.

Elsewhere in that riding, Nickel Belt Progressive Conservative candidate Paula Peroni said she is “really fed up with the serious damage done to our province under Dalton McGuinty.”

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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