OTTAWA, April 10 /CNW/ - The New Democratic Party's education platform
released earlier today would increase access to post-secondary
education and reduce student debt.
"The NDP platform provides meaningful commitments to increase the
affordability of post-secondary education," said David Molenhuis,
National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "With
tuition fees at record high levels, Canada needs such a national vision
for higher education."
Released this morning, the NDP election platform would increase federal
funding for post-secondary education by $800 million. In addition, the
NDP would adopt a federal post-secondary education act and a dedicated
post-secondary education transfer payment which would be contingent on
provinces making education affordable through tuition fee freezes and
reductions. The NDP platform also proposes increasing funding for
student grants by $200 million dollars.
"While both the Liberal and New Democratic Parties have proposed major
investments in making college and university affordable, the
Conservative Party has offered virtually nothing to address the student
debt crisis," added Molenhuis. "With students buried in more than $15
billion of student debt, all political parties need to prioritise
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, office: (613) 232-7394, mobile: (613) 218-3382