Students react to Liberal Platform

OTTAWA, April 4 /CNW/ - The Canadian Alliance of Students Associations commends the Liberal Party of Canada's platform commitment to make post-secondary education funding for Aboriginal Students more accessible. This strategy promises to remove the current 2% cap on funding from INAC's Post Secondary Student Support Program.

"CASA has been advocating for this for some time now and we are encouraged to see that political parties are listening," said Zach Dayler, National director of CASA. "Helping Aboriginal students access and succeed in all levels of education will be central to helping Canada prosper in the future. These are real steps in the right direction."

CASA applauds the Liberals for a $160 million investment in the creation of a new Canada Service Corps aiming to exchange 150 volunteering hours for up to $1500 of student debt. "This program rewards students for becoming engaged in their communities and the dual benefits are clear: building capacity for the non-profit sector; and creating career-building opportunities for Canadian post-secondary students," says Rob Jones, President, Student Association of Mount Royal University.

"Funding for aboriginal education, the new Canada Service Corps, and the previously-announced learning passport are all steps in the right direction," said Dayler. "We challenge the other federal parties to up their games on education and reach out to students. Ultimately, Canada needs a directed federal transfer to the provinces for education. With such a transfer, we can begin to see the real and permanent improvements to post-secondary education accessibility that are needed."

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 a student blog. It will also feature 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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