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CAUT Bulletin Archives

April 2000

Tobin Focuses in on Health Care

Brian Tobin's Liberal government made health care the focus of its budget last month, raising spending by nearly $90 million, an increase of 7.5 per cent. The budget also extended the two-year freeze in tuition fees for students of Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic for another year. However, the university and college will see no increase in its operating grant. Despite the tuition freeze, student groups remained lukewarm toward the budget. "It's a good first step in making more education more accessible," said Alison North, chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Students. "But the freeze can't be dragged out too long without the government investing significant funds into Newfoundland's public college and university."