FPSE Statement on the new BC Government

On July 18, 2017, Premier John Horgan and his cabinet were sworn-in and are now the official new government of British Columbia. Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC President George Davison was in attendance to witness this historic moment, and had the following to say on behalf of the Federation:

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Summer Kicks Off on a High Note

I don’t know about you, but I think this has been the most interesting start of a summer vacation I’ve ever had. After a long election campaign, made even longer by some very close races, and weeks of uncertainty about who would form government, we are now on the brink of new government in B.C. Last night, former Premier Clark asked Her Honour the Lieutenant-Governor for the dissolution of the Legislature. Exercising her constitutional authority, however, L-G Judith Guichon declined this request and invited now Premier-designate John Horgan to form government. We have a great deal to celebrate.

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Statement on BC NDP and Green Party Agreement

On behalf of 10,000 FPSE members, we want to congratulate John Horgan and Andrew Weaver on reaching their historic governing agreement, putting British Columbians ahead of partisan interests.

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Comparing BC’s provincial parties and their post-secondary promises


The 2017 BC provincial election is nearing and it’s going to be close. In a recent op-ed in the Vancouver Sun, George Davison, president of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC, wrote:

Students are struggling, and we need to be talking about it. These are the people who will propel our province’s economy. Study after study shows that education and income are correlated. Education is a path to jobs. It follows that public policy should support education, because if more people are employed and earning higher wages, they’ll contribute more. But our province has been chronically underfunding education, using a lens that is short-sighted and biased.

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Vancouver declares Day of Awareness for Accessible Post-Secondary

While students are wrapping up the year and writing their final exams, the City of Vancouver held a ceremony today to declare April 25, 2017, Day of Awareness for Accessible Post-Secondary Education in Vancouver. 

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Why voting in the provincial election is the most empowering thing you can do


Affordability, housing, and good jobs are top of mind for BC voters like you and me. We’re studying and working hard to make ends meet and reach our goals. The cycle of juggling life, bills, school, and work is a grind, and the cost of living is getting higher.

This can’t go on forever. We need a change.

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5 people who are totally you trying to pay off your student debt

BC students and their families are racking up huge debts related to the costs of college and university. 

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5 ways you can rock the vote for education

The provincial election is on May 9, here are five things you can do to get involved and support BC colleges and universities.

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Report Card: How did the BC Government Do in Education?

Everyone who wants to should be able to get an education, regardless of their income — and without being saddled with a lifetime of debt. It’s what we need for BC’s economy to thrive, and for families to build a better future. So, how does the BC Government measure up on investing in post-secondary education?

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Against the Odds: A BC Student’s Story

Last year's Education Contest generated stories of struggle and perseverance from students and graduates across British Columbia. Here, Ainslinn Barnes from Merritt, BC, shares her struggle to make ends meet while attending school.

Being a student in 2017, we are expected to live off of tiny student loans and put ourselves tens of thousands of dollars into debt to become productive members of society. 

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