Put rich to front of line
The High Priests of UBC must be getting nervous that their role as managers for the B.C. Government is beginning to become too obvious.
The Vice-President of public relations (or 'Communications and Community Partnership' to use UBC's own PR title) claims that UBC's policy of encouraging rich foreign students is not taking spaces from B.C.'s own students. However, he lets the cat out of the bag by stating that "we fully enroll all spaces we receive funding for" [by the provincial government].
In other words, UBC is simply flowing through the funding decisions by the BC Liberals who appointed the senior executives and board of directors at UBC. He claims that foreign students "pay their own way to create additional spaces" when it is clear that the number of places at UBC and their allocation is by government fiat.
The rest of his response is standard 'motherhood' style PR statements.
It becomes increasingly clear that the BC Liberals run this province like a bunch of accountants - maximizing their revenues and reducing costs wherever they can get away with it. At least the voters now only have to wait nine more months before they can show that this is not how they want to see B.C. run: too many citizens are tired of government putting profits before people.
Herb Spencer, Surrey