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Education is a key determinant of health. Cape Breton University President David Wheeler calls for federal and provincial politicians to address the need for a national debate on free tuition. He encourages them to urgently take a look at student debt, tuition policy and sustainable funding for Canadian universities.
“The lack of a properly coordinated national higher education policy in Canada not only leads to significant student debt, it also results in underperformance in important areas of national competitiveness… Provinces like my own need to dramatically overhaul their university financing models to better reflect desired outcomes (including on access, affordability and employability), but are unable to reform those models in the absence of a new federal–provincial compact on university funding.”
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