PEI government backs down on degree granting legislation

Charlottetown –  CUPE PEI is pleased with the government’s decision to delay plans to introduce a new Degree Granting Act, which would have opened the door to private degree granting post-secondary institutions in the province.   The proposed legislation would have cleared the way for real estate developer Richard Homburg to establish a private university that would have granted Master’s degrees in real estate.

CUPE PEI had been asking for a full public consultation on this important piece of legislation. The government’s decision to postpone the proposed legislation came after a public outcry on this issue.

“Such an institution would only serve the interest of its owner not the public,” said Milo Murray, president of CUPE PEI.

“Premier Robert Ghiz hopes the two parties, UPEI and Richard Homburg, can come to an agreement on this issue. If they fail, the government says it’s prepared to introduce the new Degree Granting Act come spring. Before introducing any legislation that would change the delivery of post-secondary education on PEI, the government should commit to consult Islanders,” concluded Murray.