NDP release post-secondary education platform in Saskatoon

The New Democratic Party released its plan for post-secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan campus this morning. The party promises to immediately start phasing out interest on federal student loans over the next seven years.

Party would phase out interest on student loans

NDP candidates Sheri Benson, Scott Bell and Claire Card unveiling the party's post-secondary education platform. (Dan Zakreski/CBC News)

The New Democratic Party released its plan for post-secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan campus this morning.

The party promises to immediately start phasing out interest on federal student loans over the next seven years.

It would also add $250 million to the federal student grant program over four years.

The grant money would not be targeted to any particular discipline or field.

"I think sort of narrowing it down to what people might think is important now is not the choice at the moment," said Saskatoon-West candidate Sheri Benson.

Other parties have also been talking about post-secondary education this election. 

The Liberal party has said it aims to increase the proportion of Canadians with post-secondary education to 70 per cent. Right now, that number sits at 50 per cent.

The Conservative party said it will double the federal Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) grant for low and middle income families.

Saskatoon Morning has conducted election panels with candidates from the three leading parties. Here are the links for panels in Saskatoon-West, Saskatoon-University and Saskatoon-Grasswood.