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Contrary to Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum's belief, the problems with Bill 63 can't be satisfactorily addressed through changes, especially cosmetic ones (NDP abandons education changes, June 3).

What is needed is a complete re-draft of this bill after proper consultation. In its present form, the bill marginalizes the traditional governance responsibility of the educators, reducing universities to little more than a government department.

I don't see how the minister can expect to build strong post-secondary education in the province by giving himself veto power over the fundamentals of these institutions. He has presented no cogent reasoning for eliminating the council on post-secondary education and assuming its mandate.

There's no point tinkering with Bill 63 -- he should draft a bill that respects the independence of universities. Only then can there be a reasonable expectation of building strong institutions.

 

DON PALMER

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 10, 2014 A8

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