Premier Redford cancelled appearance at MRU rally
Mount Royal University students and faculty gathered on Sept. 25 to protest the Alberta government's latest $147-million budget cut to post-secondary education.
Photographed by Landon Wesley
Published on Oct. 2
When Alison Redford was elected, she promised to increase post-secondary education by two per cent yearly for the next three years. Instead, Redford cut education expenditure by seven per cent from the initial 3.6 per cent.
Mount Royal University assistant professor, Michael Truscello, said the budget cuts have made it more difficult to get into the classes students want, and have reduced students' educational options.
According to Statistics Canada, the cost of a university education in Alberta is the second highest in the country when you combine tuition and compulsory fees.
Left: In 2012, the Progressive Conservatives promised increased and stable funding for post-secondary education. However, a tuition freeze means increased parking and tuition fees for students at MRU. Right: MRU student and rally organizer, Wolfgang Knox, said he wants to see a reverse in cuts and a change in the government's attitude when it comes to listening to the voices of students.