University of Calgary hosts student-led forum

Salia Haq, Beth Barberree, Anne Magrath, TJ Cartwright, and Doug Schweitzer participated in the forum as candidates for their respective parties.

The University of Calgary Students’ Association has partnered with the Graduate Students’ Association and the University of Calgary to host a forum on post-secondary education.

Lasting approximately one hour, the debate touched on subjects such as post-secondary funding, tuition freezes, and support for Alberta’s researchers. All parties agreed that education is a top priority for the province, but had varying views on how to set out funding.

About two dozen people were in attendance, with some voicing disappointment with the lack of a question-and-answer period to voice their concerns.

“We just want them to go out and voice their opinion.”

According to Elections Canada, voter turnout for the 18-24 age group went up by almost 20 percent from 2011 to 2015 in the general elections.

Sagar Gerwal, one of the moderators, says he believes a large number of young people have been following this election due to its high level of publicity, and is hopeful for a large turnout this year. “We just want them to go out and voice their opinion because we know it is so crucial for politicians to understand how important students are to Alberta and to make sure that their priorities are addressed.”

Advance voting began today, with election day taking place in one week’s time on April 16, 2019.

-Eloise Therien