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Kathleen Wynne cool to Barack Obama idea to make community college free

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is showing little interest in an idea proposed by U.S. President Barack Obama to make some post-secondary education free.

Ontario premier worries access to education might be limited under president's plan

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is showing little interest in an idea proposed by U.S. President Barack Obama to make some post-secondary education free.

As the premier embarks on a tour of college and university campuses across the province, she says free tuition is not something she is examining at this point.

Wynne says she worries that in such a model access to education might actually be limited, because a subsidy may not be available to everyone.

Instead she touted Ontario's 30-per-cent off tuition grant for some low- and middle-income students.

Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping, multibillion-dollar proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma.

He says he would like the first two years of community college free for anyone attending at least half-time, maintaining a 2.5 grade point average and making progress toward completing a degree or certificate program.

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