Students respond to NDP platform

OTTAWA, April 11 /CNW/ - The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations was pleased that the NDP platform committed to a dedicated transfer to the provinces for post-secondary education. The platform includes a $800 million dedicated transfer to the provinces to help address skyrocketing tuition costs, a commitment to increase funding to the Canada Student Grants program, and an increase to the education tax credit.

"CASA is calling for a dedicated transfer on post-secondary education, and it is good to see the NDP committing to just that," said Zach Dayler, National Director of CASA. "However, $800 million represents current funding levels, and will likely not be sufficient to address the rising costs of education in Canada."

CASA was also pleased to see the NDP commit to increased funding to the Canada Student Grants program, which will help improve access to post-secondary education for low-income, disabled, and aboriginal students. An increase to the education tax deduction will also increase access more generally.

"Post-secondary education has now made it into all of the party platforms," said Dayler. "As Canadians gear up for the leaders debate on April 12th, we encourage the leaders to continue to talk about education, to challenge each other to do better for this country and address the challenges facing students and all Canadians."

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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