OTTAWA, April 29 /CNW/ - Nearly half of Canadians say it is important
that the political party they support makes post-secondary education a
priority, according to a new poll conducted by Harris/Decima for the
Canadian Federation of Students and Canadian Association of University
"Rapidly rising tuition fees and record-high levels of student debt are
alarming to most Canadians," said David Molenhuis, National Chairperson
of the Canadian Federation of Students. "Political parties that address
these issues stand to benefit on election day."
Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said post-secondary education was
a priority for them personally, with nearly a third (31%) indicating it
was a very high priority. Just eight percent said universities and
colleges were not an important issue in the election.
"A number of Canadians will be looking closely at the party platforms
this weekend to see who has the best plan for colleges and
universities," added Penni Stewart, president of the Canadian
Association of University Teachers.
The random national telephone survey, commissioned by the Canadian
Federation of Students and Canadian Association of University Teachers
and conducted by Harris/Decima, included interviews with 2,019 adult
Canadians from April 14-27, 2011. The margin of error is plus or minus
2.2%, 19 times of out 20.
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