Canada’s new government and higher education

(My apologies on the shortage of blog posts today – damn essays)

Looks like we will have a new government very soon.

What could this mean for higher education?

At this point, naturally, we don’t know.

However, we could see the some changes proposed in Budget 2008 shelved.

The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation may now survive. The Conservatives were merely shuffling money from the CMSF into its new Canada Study Grant program. The Liberals did not favour this change.

Student loan interest relief will likely be included. This is a position the NDP has been very aggressively pushing.

Who will become the new Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada?

Bob Rae is a name I’d like to float in terms of the post-secondary aspects of the portfolio. More on Rae in the future.