Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Chris Bentley, proud London socialist

According to the London Free Press, the Ontario government has found another use for your money and is reinstituting post-secondary grants for up to $3,000 to about 16,000 low-income students. Chris Bentley, London West MPP and Colleges and Universities Minister, is positively smug about the redistribution:

"Let's be clear — that's not a loan, that's a grant," Bentley said at a news conference at the University of Toronto. "We're back in the grants business."
… which is another way of saying, "we're diversifying our crime portfolio." As a student myself who has about $25,000 in student debt and is going to be nicked for a lot of taxes next spring and every spring after, Bentley's audacious appropriation and redistribution is going to make it more difficult for me to pay off my own debt, which was incurred without duress much like everyone else who attends university without immediate financial means. With the already substantial subsidization of post-secondary education and the availability of loans, both public and private, low income is not a deterrent to pursuing higher education except in the minds of those who allow it to be an obstacle and of poverty activists, attested to by the droves of students already borrowing to avail themselves of the opportunity.

The Canadian Federation of Students offered their tepid endorsement of the grant plan as an initial step forward, to more radical redistribution it must be supposed. Of course, they won't be sated until every suckling CTF pup has dried up the teats of taxpayers' indifference.