For those of you who read the Dalhousie Gazette,
Now, there’s no arguing that it’s within her rights to write an article that states that the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies has a view other than her own. That’s how democracy and freedom is supposed to work. The problem here is how she did it. Ms. Kennedy evidently felt it was unnecessary to attend the presentation she was critiquing, so she sent a photographer who snapped a few pictures before leaving the room. She felt that without even attending the presentation, she could write her slanderous article.
Ms. Kennedy made multiple factual misrepresentations in her article, and they touched on issues that were covered in the presentation. This should not be a surprise, as Kennedy has a record of being an activist forHCAP — the Halifax Coalition Against Poverty, a group known for its ruthless activism and a group which has been evicted from nearly every presentation that it has attended. In 2008, the group was removed from the Annual General Meeting of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia after shouting and disrupting keynote speeches. This incident was not the only one of the sort. The group has become famous in
Ms. Kennedy claims that Cirtwill advocates higher tuition fees, reductions in government funding in post–secondary education, increases in student debt and education only accessible to the rich. This is simply not true. Had Ms. Kennedy taken the time to attend the presentation, she would have heard the truth.
Cirtwill did make mention of a model that involves higher tuition fees, caused by government deregulation of the price of tuition He explained to those present that the value of a post–secondary education is misrepresented by the artificial limit on demand that the current government subsidy creates. He explained that in
Kennedy tried to link the increase in tuition fees to a decrease in student enrolment. A member of HCAP who came to the question and answer session after the presentation asked this same question and the response was clear. Cirtwill showed in his presentation that the decline in enrolment is caused by a decline in the number of university aged students in
Cirtwill proposed an educational model where
The greatest cost in getting education is not tuition. It’s not housing. It’s deferred income. If we can get students through school and into the market place quicker, they will start earning more money quicker and pay more taxes, a net benefit to both themselves and the government, as educated people earn more than $500,000 more than the average person with no post–secondary education in their lifetimes.
Kaley Kennedy missed the facts. The presentation advocated streamlined delivery of education, and a fundamental shift in the way we view post secondary education. This mattered not for Ms. Kennedy, as she chose instead to continue pushing the agenda that has been soundly proven wrong time and time again by the think tanks of the world. Had she attended the presentation, she would have seen this evidence presented in a clear manner.
Cirtwill’s views will help us all emerge from our current situation. We need to work together to help those that need it most, so that those who cannot afford their education in the short term are on a similar playing field to those who can. It’s in our best interest to get educated people into the marketplace, pushing us forward and paying taxes, so that the system does not implode on itself when the population base dies off. We’re on a wild ride here, and it’s not going to end soon. We’re becoming old, top–heavy and conceited. Bailing out the poor at the expense of the rich doesn’t solve the problem. We need to work together and take the time to view the solutions that are brought forward by leading thinkers around the world. They have spoken, and Cirtwill voiced their views beautifully on November 24th.