But here's something specific from Globe and Mail Mike Moffatt, that I found very interesting:
A better educated work force is likely to be a more productive one, raising the overall standard of living. But does this help the middle class? By increasing the skilled labour pool, in the short run this will lower wages as firms have a larger pool of workers to select from. Lowering overall tuition (and it is unclear Mr. Trudeau is proposing this) would lower costs for many young members of the middle class, along with lowering costs for students from higher income families as well.Moffatt goes on to say that basically, the idea of putting more people on track for post-secondary education is... "counterproductive." While I'm not an economist or anything of the sort, I find the point he makes about having too large of a worker pool = lower wages, to be a bit shallow, if not downright awful - every person should be afforded the opportunity to achieve higher education, lower wages be damned. Maybe that is the sort of resettling of wages we need, anyways. Or maybe the concern should focus on making sure there are skilled jobs out there for these skilled workers in the first place.
I don't know, but Moffatt is wrong here, and Justin - and Ignatieff back in the day, I'll add - are right. We can't forgo making post-secondary education more affordable simply because of some abstract economic argument. I'm not saying we make it free, nor is Justinm but it should be there if someone wants to go down that path.