ABE Legislature Debate in Hansard

Here is a link to a blog post about yesterday’s Legislature Debate on ABE tuition. It was frustrating to see the lack of understanding by our governmental policy-makers, but Kathy Corrigan and her fellow Opposition MLAs made many good points about why so many British Columbians need to access ABE and upgrading, and why the Adult Upgrading Grant is insufficient in reducing financial barriers to education.

There is a link to the Hansard transcript of the debate at the end of the post. Shane Simpson’s comments at 11:55 are especially worth reading.

Adult Basic Education is a Basic Right

Monday, May 4th was a milestone event in efforts to re-instate tuition-free ABE in BC. As members of the Legislature debated the issues, NDP MLAs led the debate – their points resonating and meeting with applause from the thousands of ABE students around the province watching via live webcast.


Kathy Corrigan – NDP, Burnaby – Deer Lake

Rob Fleming – NDP, Victoria – Swan Lake

Jane Shin –  NDP, Burnaby – Lougheed

Harry Bains – NDP, Surrey – Newton

Katrine Conroy – Kootenay West

Shane Simpson – Vancouver – Hastings

The BC Liberals stuck to their talking points; however, these NDP MLAs made clear on the issues, among them that a high school diploma for adults is not “still” free in the K-12 system. Rather, these adult programs in the K-12 system are either non-existent in many jurisdictions or are in the process of being cut from school board budgets…

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