This past week ULSU held an information forum for the six mayoral candidates to speak about their respective platforms to support students and education in our city. As a part of this forum, ULFA asked the candidates their thoughts on the Province’s $20 million budget reduction at U of L, the consequent loss of jobs and proposed wage cuts and the ripple effects of these reductions on the Lethbridge Community and economy.
Lethbridge is a university town with students making up 10% of our population. The U of L is the city’s second largest employer only next to Alberta Health Services (another sector that is currently threatened with drastic funding reductions). Lethbridge College is its fifth. The cuts the government is making to these institutions will have a very direct, immediate and negative impact in our community.