The Honourable Greg Weadick is being sworn in as the new Minister of Advanced Education and Technology today following the resignation from that post by Doug Horner, who is running for the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives. Minister Weadick is certainly no stranger to the system, as an alumni of the University of Lethbridge and having served as the Parliamentary Assistant for Advanced Education and Technology since March of last year.

“I want to offer our congratulations to Minister Weadick but warn him that there is a lot of work ahead of us this spring,” said Hardave Birk, chair of the Council of Alberta University Students and University of Calgary student. “The government has a great opportunity to take some steps to improve the system and make it more affordable. We look forward to making real progress in the upcoming months.”

Students note that several issues remain pressing in the system. At the top of that list are keeping tuition increases limited to inflation and closing the legal loophole currently open to increasing non-instructional fees. The new minister will also be responsible for defending the department’s budget to the Legislature in the upcoming spring session; a budget that comes at a crucial time for institutions and their students.

“Having worked with him over the past year I know Minister Weadick is ready to get down to work right away on improving our post-secondary system. He’s well-informed and we look forward to working with him,” Birk said.