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Canada’s federal conservative opposition party members just voted for their leader

Canada’s federal conservative opposition party members just voted for their leader Posted on May 28, 2017Leave a comment

Canada’s federal conservative opposition party members just voted for their leader. 2nd place with 49% of the vote was Maxime Bernier, a sort of Emmanuel Macron figure, including having a background in finance and being Francophone, which seems to have cost him support outside Québec.
The winner with 51% of the vote was Andrew Scheer. This is Alex Usher’s account of Scheer’s education policies.
‘Andrew Scheer (Former Speaker of the House of Commons, MP Regina-Qu’appelle) Scheer’s money proposals in education are limited to a pledge that parents of students attending independent schools a tax deduction of up to $4000 tuition annually per child, and a tax credit of $1,000 (i.e. a $150 reduction in taxes) to parents who choose to homeschool their child. In addition, Scheer pledges that “public universities or colleges that do not foster a culture of free speech and inquiry on campus” will “not have support from the federal government”. He then lists the tri-councils and CRCs as specific funding mechanisms for which institutions would not be eligible: it is unclear if the ban would include CFI and – more importantly – CSLP. Note that the ban would only cover public institutions; private (i.e. religious) institutions would be able to limit free inquiry – as indeed faith-based institutions do for obvious reasons – and still be eligible for council funding.’
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