Students react to Conservative platform

OTTAWA, April 8 /CNW/ - The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations is pleased with the education commitments in the Conservative campaign platform, but continues to call for a national strategy on post-secondary education. The Conservative platform, launched today, included a reiteration of commitments to double the work exemption in the Canada Student Loan program and to expand access to part-time students. There was also a commitment to reintroduce amendments to the Copyright Act.

"Students have long been advocating for increases to work income exemptions in their loan eligibility, and we are happy to see it become party policy," said Zach Dayler, the National Director of CASA. "Doubling this exemption will make it easier for students to afford and to access post-secondary education."

The expansion of the work exemption means that students will be able to work more hours at part-time jobs before they see monies clawed back from their existing student loans. Under proposed policy, part-time students would also see greater eligibility for federal student loans.

"These are steps in the right direction," said Dayler. "We are happy that post-secondary education is receiving the attention that it is this campaign, but parties still need to up their game. We are calling on all political parties to commit to a national strategy on post-secondary education, including a dedicated transfer to the provinces for education. We also need to see more done to address access to education, making sure that all Canadians are able to benefit from our world-class universities and colleges."

CASA recently launched a national campaign designed to encourage students to take a greater role in the political process. The campaign, centered at www.studentsneedtovote.ca features key information about parties' post-secondary education policy, important voter information for students, and is a one-stop-shop for all of the party platforms. It also features a video vault, and throughout the campaign students and others will be asked to contribute their own videos on the importance of student and youth voting.

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit national student organization composed of 26 student associations, representing over 320,000 students from coast to coast.

SOURCE CANADIAN ALLIANCE OF STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Marianka Charalambij, Public Relations and Communications Officer
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
Tel.: 613-236-3457 ext. 224 (c) 613-407-6420
Email: casacomm@casa.ca

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