WINNIPEG – Manitoba NDP Leader Greg Selinger says he will turn student loans into non-repayable grants if he is re-elected premier on April 19.
Selinger is also promising to provide free tuition up to age 25 for students who are in the child-welfare system and to double funding for scholarships and bursaries.
Selinger says the $40-million price tag for the NDP’s plan is affordable within the government’s fiscal projections.
The Manitoba Liberals have also promised to convert student loans into grants at a cost of $10 million.
Selinger says the Liberals have underestimated the cost.
The New Democrats in Saskatchewan, where there is also an election campaign underway, have made a similar promise.