OTTAWA, April 8 /CNW/ - The Conservative election platform offers almost
nothing to combat the rapidly rising costs of post-secondary education
and eroding quality of Canada's colleges and universities.
"The Conservative Party is ignoring the student debt crisis," said David
Molenhuis, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.
"While the Liberal party has committed a billion dollars to making
education more affordable, the Conservative Party is offering nothing
to combat rapidly rising tuition fees and record high levels of student
The Conservative platform includes only two measures for students: a
small expansion of loans for part-time students and an expansion of the
in-study exemption for students working while receiving Canada Student
The Liberal Party platform proposed a grant of $1,000 (middle- and
high-income households) and $1,500 (low-income households) per year,
for up-to four years of post-secondary study to any student with a
Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). The New Democratic Party has
yet to release its education platform.
"The Conservative platform is completely silent on the federal
government's biggest education expenditure: the Canada Social
Transfer," added Molenhuis. "This is extremely troubling as it is
almost guaranteed that the next government will renegotiate the
transfer when it expires in 2014."
The federal government transfers over $3 billion a year to the provinces
for higher education through the Canada Social Transfer.
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organisation, uniting more than one-half million students in all ten
provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor
organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
David Molenhuis, National Chairperson (613) 232-7394