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Gallant also said the Liberals would remove parental contributions from student loan calculations to improve access to post-secondary education and training. The parental contribution component was removed by the previous Liberal government but reintroduced by the current Progressive Conservatives.
"You are limiting people who need support, who need loans, need grants from accessing it because you have judged that their parents make took much money," Gallant in an interview after a speech to a business audience in
"We have to look at our financial reality in the province, so we're balancing the costs of funding our accessible and affordable options and also looking at how much resources we have to do that," he said.
Carr said he believes parents have a responsibility to contribute to their children's education and that the most important thing the government can do to help is to assist students find jobs so they are able to repay their loans.
Gallant also said he would develop education contracts that would allow businesses to provide financial support for students who agree to work for a company for a set number of years. He said it is already a practice that is used by the military and some professional associations.
Carr said he'd be willing to look at the suggestion, but says the government's "one-job pledge" is already successful. That program provides a wage incentive to employers when they hire a recent post-secondary graduate in a job related to his or her field of study.
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