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Provincial budget anxiety

February 9, 2011

A story in The Brunswickan today focuses on worries within the university community about impending provincial budget cuts to PSE:

PSE minister holds stakeholders meeting: UNBSU president says no commitments are being made,” Colin McPhail, The Brunswickan (9 Feb./11).

The UNBSU made a pre-budget submission calling for a tuition freeze and increased operating funds.

UNB president Eddy Campbell is quoted as categorizing budget cuts to PSE in Nova Scotia as “massive disinvestment,” and as being “very concerned” about the impending budget here in NB.

The late, un-lamented Liberal government urged us to “be in this place” while its policies pushed us out.

Let’s see how this new lot does.

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One Comment
  1. Emery Hyslop-Margison permalink
    February 24, 2011 8:36 pm

    The “new lot” will operate in a manner identical to the “be in this place” lot since the power behind the throne remains unchanged. University faculty are not in this situation due to particular governments or institutional managerial class style administrators. Rather, we are in the midst of an ideological war waged against anything that runs counter to the interests of the corporate elite. We have witnessed the complete reshaping of universities from institutions of education and social critique into superstructure components of the ideological state apparatus. The only response that might reverse the trend is active concerted resistance, especially through the collective bargaining process.

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