The provincial New Democrats are shining a light on post secondary students' frustrations over increasing tuition fees.
MLA David Eby, who beat B.C. Premier Christy Clark in her Vancouver-Point Grey riding last May, is touring the southern Interior and Okanagan to listen to student concerns.
As the NDP's advanced education critic, Eby is pushing the B.C. Liberals for the creation of a $100 million non-repayable student grant program.
"Access to education and growing student debt are serious challenges facing today's students," Eby said in a news release. "Students have legitimate concerns and they deserve to be heard."
He met with UBC Okanagan students in Kelowna on Wednesday and heads to Merritt's Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Thursday.
He will be in Kamloops on Friday to meet Thompson Rivers University students.
"This tour is about getting into the province's diverse communities, connecting with students, meeting with faculty and really listening to what they have to say," he said.
Eby is sure to get an earful from TRU's student union, which is on an expansive campaign to get the board of governors to lower tuition at the university.
The day after Eby's visits, on Sept. 7, TRUSU presents Tunes Against Tuition Fees — a free concert featuring Mother Mother, Van Damsel and We Are the City.
"We make affordable, high quality, post-secondary education a priority because it is central to our lives as students," states TRUSU's Drop the Fees campaign material. "But we also know that post-secondary education is an unparalleled means to achieve a more fair and prosperous future for our province and country."
Kelowna, Merritt and Kamloops are Eby's first three stops on his month long tour.
"I'm looking forward to hearing them firsthand so I can take them back to the legislature and fight for more accessible and affordable learning opportunities."