Conservatives across Canada are undermining public education in favour of private, for-profit education - 2019-10-28
The release of Alberta's budget this week was marked by a slew of cuts, funding freezes and austerity measures. Less discussed was the UCP's changes to education funding. It appears Kenney has joined his counterparts in their quest to defund public education.
The Alberta United Conservatives' inaugural budget opted to freeze education funding at current levels. This means, in real terms, funding will decrease as inflation rises over time. Put more simply, Kenney is ushering in cuts to education through a secret back door. At the same time, the budget increases funding to private education alternatives, allocating a total of $400 million their way.
Conservatives undermining public education is not isolated to Alberta. Conservative governments in Saskatchewan and Manitoba have likewise underfunded public education. Unlike Kenney, they have not entirely frozen funding increases but have instead increased funding short of what is required to match inflation.