Appearing on CBC's Maritime Noon on Wednesday, MLI Senior Fellow Ken Coates made the case that everyone – parents, students and governments – should cover the cost of university tuition.

However Coates said the tax system is way too generous to wealthier families. Many parents with high incomes can take advantage of the fact that they have a son or daughter in school, while for those in low income situations it's a worse deal.

"Unless we change things, we're going to find that universities are becoming more and more the preserve of the wealthier people within Canadian society," he told the program.

He called on governments to provide more financial assistance for those from poorer backgrounds.

To listen to the interview click here.

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