REGINA - Today, Official Opposition House Leader Nicole Sarauer and Advanced Education Critic Jennifer Bowes stood with the University of Regina Faculty Association to call on Scott Moe’s Sask. Party government to make good on record resource revenues and provide the funding needed to stop the damaging cuts forecasted by university leadership.
“Since Scott Moe took office, our province has been dead last in Canada in terms of jobs and economic growth,” said Sarauer. “We need thousands of skilled workers in our healthcare system, in our natural resources sector, and in new sectors like renewables and technology. Universities like the U of R play an important role in driving future job creation and this government needs to get serious about harnessing their full potential.”
In 2017, the Sask. Party government slashed University of Regina funding. Tuition has since climbed year-after-year to some of the highest levels in Canada. Enrolments have declined with many prospective students priced out of Saskatchewan universities.
“We have some of the highest tuition prices in Canada and the lowest minimum wage in the country. The Sask. Party government is essentially pricing students out of the classroom and driving them out of the province,” said Bowes. “Premier Moe needs to start treating education as an investment, not as a cost.”