College students want to be engaged in this federal election

TORONTO, April 12 /CNW/ - Over the past two weeks, leaders of the federal political parties have released their platforms and identified how they believe their party could improve post-secondary education (PSE) across Canada. While college and college-university students have seen parties announce different policies, students urge the elected government to implement their PSE initiatives in a timely manner, reflecting the student voice across the country

"Students want to be engaged this federal election, and want candidates in each riding to take the time to listen to the student concerns," replies Justin Fox President of the College Student Alliance (CSA). He adds, "We understand that balancing the budget and creating a more robust economy are major priorities for all parties, but to improve student success political parties must listen before acting."

Of the four major parties, the Liberal and New Democratic Party (NDP) have pledged to invest the most sizable amount of money into PSE. Sunday, the NDP announced their pledge of $800 million dedicated to higher education, $200 million towards student grants, and a federal PSE act. The Liberal Party announced its Learning Passport Strategy, a $1 billion investment to improve student affordability. The Green Party of Canada announced their commitment of $400 million for bursaries and upfront grants, while the Conservatives have announced an investment in their platform for part-time students. Students are satisfied with the commitments, and hope to see the elected party take a greater interest in PSE.

"Post-secondary education is vital for social, economic and civic progress. To ensure Canada remains globally competitive education must be at the forefront of our political parties' agenda," states Jim Robeson, Director of Advocacy for the CSA.

The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy and leadership organization, which has been proudly serving Ontario's college and college-university students since 1975. The CSA currently represents 17 colleges and 25 member councils with over 135,000 full-time student members throughout the province.

SOURCE College Student Alliance

For further information:

Justin Fox
President
College Student Alliance
T: 519-972-2727, ext. 4524
C: 519-566-7211
E: president@collegestudentalliance.ca

Jim Robeson
Director of Advocacy
College Student Alliance
T: 416-340-1212
C: 416-951-0181
E: advocacy@collegestudentalliance.ca

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