Cory Baillie 
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"For the price of our new convention center, Nova Scotians could be enjoying free education from primary school right up to college and university."

This statement seems false to me. Some math, according to Dalhousie's tuition calculator we can estimate $8000 per year tutition for Canadians. If we remove the subsidies already in place we get the estimate of ~$16,000 a year(the same as the tuition for an international student). In 2010 there were 13,000 undergrads at Dalhousie alone, that means to fully fund a single universities tuition would cost the government ~$208 million per year. That means you would be giving up a convention centre with a life span of ~50 years for fund a single university for 2.5 years.

Being a debt carrying student myself, I don't blame the cost of my debt on high tuition, I blame my own choices. I wish I could go back and tell my high school self to decide/test out on a career path before applying to university. My B/Sc I went for right out of high school was too generic and near useless to me, while when I went back later for Electrical Engineering with a coop program after, has opened up many doors. We as a society heavily push university education on most high school students with no end goal in mind, when a specialized certificate/diploma program would actually be more beneficial to many people. If university wasn't the be all end all to most Canadian students we could see more lower cost, more specialized, quality, training/certificate/diploma programs open up.

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Posted by Cory Baillie on 09/13/2013 at 2:43 PM

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