TORONTO, June 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Student and youth activists in Toronto
dropped several banners across the city in advance of tonight's leaders
debate to raise awareness of key issues impacting youth and students in
"While parties continue to ignore important issues, students and youth
are struggling to pay tuition fees and their bills and find work," said
Alastair Woods, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario. "It's not surprising that students and young people
are upset about the choices presented in this election."
Today's generation of young people could be the first to be worse off
than their parents' generation. Compared to students 30 years ago,
students today pay more than six times in tuition fees and graduate
with record levels of student debt. Youth unemployment is almost three
times higher than unemployment for Ontarians aged 45 to 64.
This election, none of the parties have committed to act on issues
important to students and youth including: reducing tuition fees,
ending illegal college and university fees, extending health care to
international students, ending unpaid internships and improving access
to public transit for students.
"Students and young people pay taxes and have bills. We have real
responsibilities, priorities and challenges that shouldn't be dismissed
because we are under 40," said Woods. "If politicians honestly care
about young people - if they honestly care about this province - they
must listen attentively to our concerns and address them."
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario is encouraging the public to
ask candidates and parties about their commitments to student and youth
issues as part of the Generation Vote campaign.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario is the largest student
organization in the province, representing over 350,000 students in all
areas of the province.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
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