August 31, 2021
Youth Engagement – Alberta
A message by Greg Springate, Candidate, Liberal Party of Canada
A community-minded, tenured assistant professor at MacEwan University with a chartered professional accountant designation and a strong social conscience. In a few words, that’s how best to describe me. My name is Greg Springate and I want to represent the constituents of St. Albert-Edmonton in Ottawa.
Interacting with students that I teach in the School of Business at MacEwan University, I understand the financial pressures and concerns that students face daily. Whether its accelerating tuition costs, access to student loans and other forms of financial aid, or affordable student housing, I will fight to support you. This includes advancing our promise to keep the Canada Student Grant at $6,000 for another two years and changing the student loan repayment assistance program so new grads don’t have to start paying your loans back until you make at least $40,000 a year.
I am sensitive to the challenges facing Indigenous students and their communities. I am proud of the Liberal team promise to invest billions in Indigenous housing and mental health programs to be developed in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Metis Nation. And I will work to enhance access to post-secondary education for Indigenous students.
I understand what it takes to make businesses grow and create new jobs, what it will take to see them through this pandemic and the challenges of managing an economy. In fact, in my sabbatical, I am currently doing research on strategies that we can employ today, don’t unfairly burden future generations. I know that students are concerned about the economy and the job prospects that will be there for you when you graduate. With my decades of business experience in the energy sector and the Auditor General’s Office, combined with the Liberal team pledge to spend $721 million to help students find jobs, I will be there to help students launch countless new careers.
Climate change is a burning issue – quite literally - for all Canadians. The Liberal team has an ambitious environmental action plan that accelerates climate action for more jobs, cleaner communities and less pollution. It includes tactical measures like investing in firefighting equipment and training and helping homeowners with energy retrofits, and broader, strategic measures to reduce greenhouse gases and fight climate change.
My focus in this election will be on championing the needs of the middle class. That means fighting for $10-a-day daycare, supporting a national Pharmacare program, affordable housing, support for seniors and investing in social programs that Canadians need – when they need it – all within a fiscally responsible framework.
The people of St. Albert-Edmonton need a strong, local voice in Ottawa. I want to be at the table and be that voice. I ask for your support to get there.
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