Federal New Democrats Call for Immediate Action to Save Laurentian University

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New Democrats were enthused and excited to hear their leader Jagmeet Singh in Thunder Bay
New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh in Thunder Bay

Jagmeet Singh and Northern Ontario NDP MPs are calling on the Liberals to take immediate action to help young people and the community who rely on the University

SUDBURY — Today, federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is continuing to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals to immediately take action to help Laurentian University, their staff, students and the wider community.

“People in Northern Ontario depend on this University for the success of their families and of their community. Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has failed the people of Northern Ontario, especially francophone, women, Indigenous and working-class community members by allowing this crisis to happen,” says Singh. “Instead of sitting on the sidelines and passing the blame to the province, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals must stand-up for Franco-Ontarians and Northern Ontarians and help save this University.”

“The University that has given generations of francophones, Indigenous and working-class youth access to quality education is being ripped apart and it will have devastating impacts in Northern Ontario,” state the NDP.

On Wednesday, the NDP called for an emergency debate to force the Prime Minister to address this crisis immediately. So far, the Liberals have not answered to these calls to save the university. Instead they have been passing the buck to the province.

“Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government and Doug Ford’s Conservative government have both failed the people of Northern Ontario by allowing Laurentian to plummet to such a sorry state,” said NDP MP Charlie Angus. “It is unacceptable that Liberal MPs in Sudbury and in Nickelbelt have remained silent in the face of this crisis being felt by their residents. We need urgent action and we need it now.”