Singh addresses LU issues

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says his party wants to save the Laurentian University and all the programs.

Singh made the comments as part a campaign stop in Sudbury this weekend.

He told the crowd the party would do what it could to support Laurentian if they are elected.

He says it would be hard to rebuild once the infrastructure, staff and programs are gone so time is of the essence.

Laurentian declared insolvency this spring and is undergoing court-supervised restructuring including cuts to its staff and programs this spring.

Also in attendance were Timmins NDP MP Charlie Angus, Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing NDP MP Carol Hughes, and local NDP MPPs Jamie West (Sudbury) and France Gélinas (Nickel Belt).

The university was in court on Friday to request an extension to January 31st, 2022.

It has also requested an extension on the maturity date of $35 million in emergency financing in exchange for a $350,000 extension fee.

Justice Geoffrey Morawetz granted both requests stipulating the $350,000 extension fee has to be paid.

Photo provided by Carol Hughes

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